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Winter storage

Post by Brent Teltow » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:43 pm

I would like to keep my brass nice and shiny. Would a thin coat of vasoline do the trick? If not just plain old elbow grease. Thanks for any advice Brent


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Re: Winter storage

Post by jiminbartow » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:58 pm

Just like waterproof cosmoline is used to protect firearms, I believe Vaseline, being a very thin refined, “petroleum jelly” (waterproof grease), would protect your brass from tarnishing by protecting it from air and moisture. Take pictures now and next spring to see if it worked. I would be interested. Jim Patrick


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Re: Winter storage

Post by Erik Johnson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:03 pm

Any quality metal polish that leaves a thin protective film (Simichrome, for example) should more than suffice.


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Re: Winter storage

Post by jiminbartow » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:14 pm

I was not aware that metal polishes left a protective residue once the white powdery film was wiped off, however, using the logic of using something that leaves a protective film, perhaps a fine paste car wax such as Meguire's might be a good protectant. At least it would be cleaner than Vaseline. Jim Patrick


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Re: Winter storage

Post by Erik Johnson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:57 pm

Simichrome does leave a "protective film" like car wax which helps alleviate tarnishing over time, that's why I mentioned it. I occasionally use Simichrome but it is by far my dad's favorite brass, nickel and aluminum polish.

There are probably other polishes out there that also leave a protective film like Simichrome.

If you use a polish like Brasso, then you could follow it with an application of automotive carnuba wax.

Applying a thin coating of Vaseline on the nickel plating before putting the car away for long term storage was mentioned in the owners manual of my dad's 1927 Hupmobile. I'm sure if you looked at other early owners manuals and car publications, you would find similar references for putting Vaseline on nickel or brass to alleviate oxidation.

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Re: Winter storage

Post by Mark Gregush » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:25 pm

How about a set of light/horn covers?
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Re: Winter storage

Post by Brent Teltow » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:20 am

Thanks for the input. I have a thin car cover on it(dust cover) I will try thin coat of polish. Thanks again Brent.


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Re: Winter storage

Post by Pete Ratledge » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:48 am

Hi Trent,I use Prism Metal Polish, (www.prismpolish.com) to polish my 1911 touring's brass. I never cover the brass. My car is kept in a unheated garage over the winter. I usually put my car away right after Hershey. I may go for a few rides till it gets too cold.My brass holds well. I never cover it over the winter. The only time I cover it is when I put the car it in the trailer to go to the Model T tour down in Florida.The temperature and humidity change is very hard on brass going from Delaware to Florida. Try the PRISM, you will love it. I have tried all the Brass polishes and Prism is the best by far!!


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Re: Winter storage

Post by Brent Teltow » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:02 am

Thanks Pete

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