- : Exercise caution when working with lacquer. It is reactive and flammable.
- Step 1: Use hot water Try using hot water to remove the lacquer from large objects.
- TIP: If the lacquer layer is thin, it may peel away. If it is thick, it may crack so you can pull off chunks after the object has cooled.
- 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.
- TIP: Apply acetone to small objects with a brush and then boil them in water.
- 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.
- FACT: Brass typically has a composition of 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc, but it may vary.
You Will Need
- Hot water
- Scouring pad
- Cotton ball
- Denatured alcohol
- Brush (optional)
- New coat of lacquer (optional)