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#31 Cat385B ONLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2014 - 07:32 PM

I don't care what everyone else says Cat, I like you :D

 

Was 'everyone' really necessary in this context?


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 07:39 PM

This is what is called "Damned by faint praise."


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Paint it RED.


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 10:08 PM

This is what is called "Damned by faint praise."


Or truth in advertising...
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Posted October 15, 2014 - 07:33 AM

Before you go to far, are you positive it is brass and not bronze? 

 

Uhm not sure. I did find out a magnet WON"T stick so not plated.

 

JAck, I use the Never Dull on my polished aluminum wheels. Just remembered I might have some of it in my cabinet


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Posted October 16, 2014 - 07:17 AM

So I decided to soak the knocker pad in some apple cider vinegar, this is the 24 verdict. It looks almost like copper. The back side is nice shiny brass looking, but the top has that coppery look. I hit the outside edge with a wad of Never dull to see if it would polish, ended up being a shiny coppery color while the back is shiny brass color. I dunno what I have. Whatever it is, I am really digging this copper color, so is the wife. Plans are to get anothr gallon of vinegar and soak the whole head and see what we come up with. If it all stays the copper color, it will get cleared.

So maybe it is bronze after all. I did some googling and the color gammet for bronze if shiny brass to copper.

 

My pics really don't so it justice

 

 

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This is the handle people actually use, you can see it's still kind of polished from people's fingers.

 

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Posted October 16, 2014 - 12:54 PM

I'm with you on the bronze now...looks good.
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Posted October 17, 2014 - 12:58 AM

 

 

Was 'everyone' really necessary in this context?

:smilewink:  :rolling:

 

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Posted December 04, 2014 - 10:14 AM

So, finally finished the door knocker and got it mounted, turned out beautiful. I ended up putting in white vinegar for 24 hrs, then just washing it off with dish soap. After it dried, it still had some bronzy looking parts and I then hit the high spots with fine steel wool leaving the bronze in some of the nooks and krannies for contrast with the shining brass on high spots. I then hit it with a couple coats of clear.

 

Pictures do not do it justice, my family loves it and the red door.

 

 

This is after 1 hour in vinegar

 

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polished and cleared. Some ofhte redness is reflection from door, sorry.

 

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Front door before

 

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After, had to do at different angle, tree reflections....

 

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Posted December 04, 2014 - 07:14 PM

Very nice!


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Posted December 04, 2014 - 07:34 PM

I love it. Turned out great!
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Posted December 04, 2014 - 08:57 PM

Nice job Marty I like it like that. Polished brass color is not very popular right not, glad you went with the antique look. Nice door color too.
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Posted December 05, 2014 - 08:32 AM

 Nice door color too.

 

Wife gets credit for that. She picked out all the colors for the house and they all turned out great.

I may build old barn style shutter for the all windows and paint them all the same red...but that's down the road a bit :thumbs:

 

Kind of ironic, once my sister finihsed painting the DR and LR for us, she wanted to paint mom's big family room in her "wing" of the house. My wife picked the color....it was almost identical to the color mom painted in there 8-10 yrs ago. My sister had a hard time telling where she stopped and started sometimes. :rolling:


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Posted December 05, 2014 - 08:42 AM

women always get to pick the colors.


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