How to Strip Paint from Brass How to Strip Paint from Brass

What You'll Need
Stainless steel pan
Stove
Rubber gloves
White vinegar
Fine steel wool
Brass polish
Rags

If you want to strip paint from brass, it’s not a difficult job. As it’s a smelly one you’d be advised to carry it out where there’s good ventilation. You should also wear a mask when working so you don't inhale the fumes.

Step 1 - Heat Brass

Put the brass in an old stainless steel pan. Note that you should never use this pan again for food. Cover the brass with white vinegar and heat to a slow boil before turning the heat down to simmer. Allow the pan to simmer for 10 minutes and you’ll see the paint start to leave the brass. Turn off the heat.

Step 2 - Scrub and Polish Brass

Remove the brass from the pan. Holding it with rubber gloves, scrub with steel wool to remove paint from the brass. Continue until all the paint has been removed. You’ll only need to scrub lightly. When you’ve finished, rinse the brass in warm water and then allow it to dry.

To complete the process, polish the brass with good brass polish and then wipe with an old dry, clean rag to make the brass shine. This is the simplest way to strip paint from brass.

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