Cleaning antique metal


Old 08-28-15, 07:46 AM
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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

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Old 08-28-15, 08:12 AM
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I'd start with detergent and a brush and see what happens. Maybe a brillo pad or something else after that.
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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.
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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.

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