Hardware Quick Tip


If you are like me and think that zinc plating on hardware looks cheap try this. A soak in a strong citric acid solution will remove all that cheap looking plating. Making your projects look better.

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4 Responses to Hardware Quick Tip

  1. I use toilet bowl cleaner. I find that rust sets in quickly if I don’t wipe the stripped parts with oil.

    • I believe that lye is the active ingredient in that cleaner. Good choice. It is readily available, cheap, and no mixing.

      I find that rust sets in quickly with any metal stripping or rust removal process.

      Thank you for the info.

  2. John Ford says:

    Clever. A lot safer than lye or strong acids. Hereabouts, we can buy citric acid powder in the local health food store. Great idea.

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