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Subject: Brass polishes

Brass polishes

From: George Bailey <george.bailey>
Date: Thursday, January 8, 1998
Clint Fountain asked for a recommendation for ammonia free brass

Perhaps you should avoid brass polishes altogether, and recommend
silver polishes instead. These tend to be less abrasive than brass
polishes. There are several available that are water or IMS based,
which are less hazardous to the user than Brasso that contains white
spirits, which now has a fairly low TLV. You could include in your
talk microphotographs of samples of brass that have been polished
with brass polish and silver polish to demonstrate how much harsher
the brass polishes are.

George Bailey
Objects Conservator
Australian War Memorial
Treloar Centre for Conservation
4 Callan St, Mitchell, A.C.T. 2911
+61 6 241 6122
Fax: +61 6 241 7998

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:59
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