How to remove tarnish (?) from exterior door and handle

Old 01-26-21, 06:28 PM
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How to remove tarnish (?) from exterior door and handle

I’ll admit I don’t know if this is actually “tarnish” or even what kind of material I’m dealing with. Still, I’d like to know how to restore it, ideally without removing the hardware.

Old 01-26-21, 06:38 PM
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Titan (made by Kwikset) is not high quality hardware, and what you are seeing is the finish deteriorating. You could contact the company and see if they will stand behind it and send you a new entry set. Send them the photos. Can't hurt to try.

But no, you won't clean that off... the finish is long gone.
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Your hardware is clear coat over plating. The clear coat that protected the shiny metal underneath is long gone and flaked away allowing the brass underneath to tarnish. Replacement is the easiest. If you want to save what you have you need to decide how you want it to look. You can remove the pieces and strip off the remaining clear coat. Then you can try using a metal polish to bring back the shine. Then clear coat to protect the finish. Or, you can just leave it with a patina (tarnished brass) or paint it.

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