How to De-Lacquer Brass

Brass is usually lacquered to prevent it from oxidizing, but you can remove the lacquer without damaging the metal underneath.

You will need

  • Hot water
  • Scouring pad
  • Acetone
  • Cotton ball
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Cloth
  • Brush (optional)
  • New coat of lacquer (optional)

Step 1 Use hot water Try using hot water to remove the lacquer from large objects.

Step 2 Use a scouring pad Use a scouring pad to remove any remaining lacquer if the object is pure brass.

Step 3 Apply a coating of acetone Apply acetone to the object with a partially wetted cotton ball and then rinse it off with hot water, if hot water alone does not completely remove the lacquer.

Step 4 Use denatured alcohol Pour denatured alcohol on a cloth and rub it on the surface of large brass objects until the lacquer peels away, as an alternative.

Step 5 Re-coat the object Re-coat the object with lacquer or leave it unfinished so it can acquire a patina.