I was very excited when I saw this rusty chandelier on ebay. It definitely has a touch of the Jugendstil about it. It was honestly described as having two missing, one chipped and one smashed shade and broken glass in the body too, but no-one bid on it and I got it for ten pounds. It’s very heavy too. The guy selling it was so nice that he packed it all up for me (brilliantly, I should add) and wouldn’t take any money for the packing materials. Apparently he bought a very large hotel laundry basket at a local auction and this was inside when he got it home! If anyone knows how to safely remove rust from something like this please let me know, and I will have to find new shades for it, which is a shame as the piece has a very clear style and different shades will dilute this, but it has to be given life again. I may have to look into metal paint, but there is some silver metal coming through where I started with my toothbrush and Brasso. I have done lots of googling but cannot find anything like it anywhere.
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Hammerite and the French paint brand St Julien are the best by far
Trev has brought some of our metal door fittings back to perfect life with St Julien!!
Hammerite is a great idea. It may well be the best thing. Will clean it up properly and evaluate
Vinegar also effective, but destructive to old finishes!
I have been trying vinegar and baking soda as a paste. Will try neat washing up liquid, thanks, but the plating has gone through in some places so I am going to get quotes for re-plating.
Not keen on the time worn and distressed look then? !
What about very good metal paint, such as Hammerite?
A pile of plastic scouring pads and a paste of baking soda and neat washing up liquid.(leave on 30 minutes)
You probably won’t get a perfect end product as probably a plated finish of some kind. A little leftover rust might look quite characterful
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