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How do I make brass look tarnished?

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To make brass look tarnished, remove the coating with paint stripper and steel wool, and apply a darkening solution. Wear gloves and safety glasses while applying the darkener.

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  1. Remove the coating

    Apply a thin layer of mild paint stripper to the surface. Allow the solution to sit for 1 to 2 hours.

  2. Remove the stripper

    Dampen a rag, and use it remove the stripper.

  3. Remove the rest of the coating

    Use a fine steel wool pad to scrub the brass until it takes on a paler tone.

  4. Remove excess debris

    Dust off excess debris with a fresh rag.

  5. Apply darkener

    Coat the end of a foam brush with darkener, and apply it to the surface of the brass.

  6. Correct mistakes

    Use the steel wool pad to remove mistakes, and reapply the darkener.

  7. Wipe the surface

    Wipe the surface with a damp rag to remove excess darkener.

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