Posted 3 years ago
Well my computer crashed as I was nearing completion of my background, details, and full question, and as I am quite unhappy I'll just give a few details pertaining to my question, and then ask it:
Today I picked up a broken candlestick for pieces to replace the mouthpiece of my other one. This one has a crack in the thin covering over the tube that connects base to mouth.
I realised it wasn't thin brass, but Bakelight, as I tapped it against my teeth. Both are like that, and I didn't realise it before.
I would like to know if it was always meant to be ugly aged brass colour, or if it was once shiny-- it's not brass, it's Bakelight.
If it was meant to be clean-brass-colour, how do I clean the shaft covering to make it look new again? Neither BFK nor Brasso did anything except make it stink (I experimented on the cracked one).
Or will I have to spray it? I desire not to, but if need be I will as I want it to look nice- especially if the mouthpiece body turns out to be brass, not iron, under the paint, as I would like to reveal that.
Also, for the Bakelight, is there a safe cleaner for it? Should I use a carwax on it to make it look shiny? I'd like to overrestore this one to how I want it to look.
I'll do both phones, though one will be a pieces phone and the other will be on display.