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Maintenance of tin objects

Although the craze for pewter objects seems to have subsided, an old dish of this style keeps, in addition to its value, the austere beauty of objects that have lived.

Necessary material

  • Nylon brush
  • Household gloves
  • basin
  • hay
  • vaseline
  • Special tin product
  • Trichlorethylene
  • Metal burnisher
  • Brightener or Meals
  • Clear lacquer
  • Cloth

Steps

  1. Pickling and polishing
  2. Hay bath and burnishing

Pickling and polishing

Degreasing metal

Degreasing metal

1. One of the first things to do, before cleaning or stripping, is to degrease the metal. The trichlorethylene substitute here is the ideal product. Ventilate the room and breathe the vapors as little as possible. It is recommended to wear gloves.

Cleaning requires energy

Cleaning requires energy

2. There are now excellent products in the trade for cleaning tin. However, they do involve a good dose of "elbow grease", the main thing being the polishing of the metal.

A good polish will make its shine to the object

A good polish will make its shine to the object

3. A good polish, with a soft cloth or a polishing disc mounted on the chuck of a drill, provides a beautiful shine. It is possible to pass a layer of clear varnish that will protect the metal from oxidation.

Vaseline application

Vaseline application

4. Vaseline makes it possible to watch the metal and at the same time to protect it. It will be used indifferently vaseline tube or Vaseline oil.

Vaseline is suitable for ancient objects

Vaseline is suitable for ancient objects

5. Here is the surface appearance of the tin after being passed to petroleum jelly. This patina is very suitable for old pewter.

Hay bath and burnishing

Hay bath

Hay bath

6. The hay bath is the best way to gently peel tin. A handful of hay is placed in the bottom of a saucepan, the object is placed there and covered with water. It is then heated without boiling and allowed to infuse about two hours. The result is amazing.

A browner recreates the patina

A browner recreates the patina

7. If, after a hay bath or cleaning, the tin seems too bright, it is always possible to restore the patina with a metal burnisher.

Brushing after browning

Brushing after browning

8. After browning, you have to brush the object to give it its reflections.

Application of a reviver for metals

Application of a reviver for metals

9. In the case of deep stains or attacks of metal, a reviver for metals (or a popote) will be of great help.

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    • Maintenance of silver and silverware
    • Maintenance of copper objects
    • Maintenance of iron objects
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