Okay, so we have this beautiful lion's head door knocker I want to restore-polish. I know the steps to final polish, etc, but I am wondering if there is anything I can soak it in to get the initial crud off and out of the crevises? I was thinking maybe vinegar or some coke as they work on rust pretty well, but don't want to damage the brass. Not sure if it's coated, it hangs on front door, but there is a storm door in front of it.
I can't afford the local polishing companies prices so its a DIY project.
I appears to be solid brass, not plated, it's pretty heavy.
I have seen this particular one on ebay go for $125-200 all polished up.