Cleaning antique metal

Old 08-28-15, 06:46 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Cleaning antique metal

I am trying to restore an old dry bar I have recently bought and inside there was what I believe is an icebox. I am sure it will not become shiny and new again because of such age but I was at least hoping to remove some of the rust and staining. Thank you so much for your help and pictures of it are included

Name:  image11.jpg
Views: 303
Size:  33.4 KBName:  image13.jpg
Views: 515
Size:  34.6 KBName:  image23.jpg
Views: 326
Size:  40.6 KBName:  image24.jpg
Views: 355
Size:  42.0 KBName:  image25.jpg
Views: 529
Size:  37.0 KB
Old 08-28-15, 07:12 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 19,211
Received 1,287 Upvotes on 1,225 Posts
I'd start with detergent and a brush and see what happens. Maybe a brillo pad or something else after that.
Old 08-28-15, 07:17 AM
Norm201's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 10,975
Received 729 Upvotes on 644 Posts
If the metal is in good shape then a sanding and paint will make it look good. But maybe you want the antique look. In which case just a cleaning as Stickshift says.
Old 08-29-15, 12:13 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wet side of Washington state.
Posts: 16,321
Received 39 Upvotes on 31 Posts
It is a good bet that metal was NEVER shiny. Iceboxes usually had Terne plated steel in them, Terne being an alloy of (originally) tin and lead and in later years tin and zinc. I would be VERY cautious of using anything abrasive on it.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title: