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Old 03-23-2023, 08:51 AM   #1
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Any ideas on refurbishing cupboard hinges?

Well into the interior revamp, I am looking for some advice on cleaning up these brass hinges, or at least what appears to be brass as it is cost prohibitive to replace 60 of these things throughout the coach, but these are pretty rundown looking, so wondering how to clean them up or buff them out.

I didnít see a forum relating to RV renovations so pardon the post if in the wrong place. Let me know if there is a more applicable forum here.
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Old 03-23-2023, 09:34 AM   #2
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We have those same hinges in our home. We remodeled the kitchen last year and learn that these are not easy to clean up and we just hit them with some fine grit sandpaper on the side that shows. I tried a buffing wheel and that was ok but not great. Awkward.
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"Mix Ĺ cup of baking soda with 1 cup of white vinegar to create a paste (you can also add 2 tbsp of table salt if your piece is badly tarnished). The paste will fizz for a few seconds. Once the paste has stopped fizzing, rub on to your brass hardware in circular motions with a toothbrush."

There are many methods, even commercial, for restoring 'Polished Brass'. The above is one of them.

Some have successfully used WD-40.
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I like the spraypaint idea. Make a mask out of heavy paper and just hit the part that shows. I say this because when I've disassembled cabinets to clean, paint, and or replace hinges they never reinstalled quite right because the screw hole was distressed.
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Are they real brass ? Scratch them to test. Do you know guys that reload bullets and have a brass tumbler.
You really only setting a small amount put buffer with thick wool pad in a vice .
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we use "Vapor blasting" on old M/C parts...some call it "Soda Blasting" ( blasting with baking soda)'s a link to a place that claims they do it in your state...hth:
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A ultrasonic jeweler cleaner would probably do the job.
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Old 03-24-2023, 08:40 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone. I will try very fine grit sandpaper first, then try vinegar and baking soda and then spray paint if those don’t work well.
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I replaced all of mine with brushed nickel. Found them on Amazon
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