What tips do Westsailors have about keeping tarnish away from interior brass and bronze parts? Clear lacquer is a bad solution.
Ditto on the clear lac. A while back I polished the inside of the port lights , They had a fairly heavy patina , first I used 600 paper then a product called Simichrome ,it's a paste type polish . There is also a product called Flitz although I have never tried it . Flitz also makes a wax . As far as a coating to put on after polish , I got nutin , possibly carnauba wax ?
I've been using a homebrew carnauba wax paste that seems to be working quite well. I picked up carnauba wax flakes at a sculpture supply place, melted it, then added about 4 to 1 parts of odorless mineral spirit to make a paste. I keep it in a latch style canning jar. I wipe it on after polishing with Brasso and buff with a lint free cloth. The items I polished early in the year haven't showed tarnish yet. When I decide they need another polishing, I'll remove the carnauba with acetone or something else, then polish and coat again.
Bronze should be green. Period.
Try a clear coating used by automotive industry. They have been using this type of finishes for many years, under the toughest conditions possible, ( gravel roads, salted & sanded highways, winter blizzards, scorching sun, off road driving through jungles ) i can go on and on. With great results. I spray painted my boat with a C.I.L. auto paint 25 years ago still looks new. A lot of it is about the right preparation. I agree leave it green.
May the wind always be in your sails ,
Lawrence from LA VALJES
I know this is an old post but I thought I'd leave a note anyway. I had a guy come down my dock about 25 years ago selling a product called Nyalic. The guy selling the stuff was from Florida (I was in So. Cal) he said it was developed as part of some NASA related work, I'd never heard of it before but it was a crystal clear coating in a spray can, so I thought I'd give it a try. The stuff works awesome. I used it on all kind of different metals exposed to the elements and it's stood the test of time.
Sold my boat about 18 years ago but just bought another W32. I was digging around it my garage and found what was left in the spray can (still worked) I've since used it on the new boat and expect it will work as good as ever. The company is still operating in Florida and I just reordered a couple of cans www.Nyalic.com . If your looking for something different than lacquer this is a polymer - maybe it'll meet your needs..
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