How to Remove Lacquer from Brass

What You'll Need
Lacquer stripper
Stripper brush
Large pot
Baking soda
Solvent gloves
Safety glasses
Safety mask

Brass lacquer is applied to hardware and other brass in order to keep it looking new. It'll yellow and brown, making the brass look old. You can remove the brass lacquer and this article will show you how.

Step 1 - Remove the Brass

If you're removing brass lacquer from attached hardware you will need to remove them.

Step 2 - Protect Yourself

Lacquer stripper is caustic and one drop on the skin can burn you. Wear gloves to prevent it from hitting your skin. Wear a mask and safety glasses to protect your eyes and lungs.

Step 3 - Apply Brass Lacquer Stripper

Due to the caustic nature of the stripper apply it to the object with the stripper brush. Be sure to cover the item.

Step 4 - Remove the Brass Lacquer

Use a rag and after at least 15 minutes wipe off the object to remove the brass lacquer. Repeat as needed to remove all of the brass lacquer.

In conclusion, as an alternative and all-natural solution, you can add two tablespoons baking soda to a quart of water. Bring to a boil and submerge the object. Boil it for 15-minutes then peel off the brass lacquer.