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Post by HarryB Mon Mar 28, 2022 10:05 am

Anyone know of a source of "apple bottles" or a person who can clean a large copper piece?

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Post by MexicoPete Mon Mar 28, 2022 3:23 pm

I do not mean to sound dumb, but what is an Apple bottle?
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Post by sm1mex Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:30 pm

Si. ???

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Post by brigitte Mon Mar 28, 2022 8:22 pm

apple bottle? What is that?
Is the copper piece lacquered or just burnished with time.
As a kid it was my job to clean all the copper pans and electric switches.. You kust use that pink liquid put it over part of the piece if it is large and polish and polish and go over the whole piece. If it is lacquered you have to remove the lacque and haved it finished again. No matter what it is a lot of work..

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Post by mudgirl Mon Mar 28, 2022 9:46 pm

I also never heard of an apple bottle. Nor can figure out what relation it could have to cleaning copper.

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Post by HarryB Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:56 pm

they are two separate questions. I'll try to get a picture of the bottles to post

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Post by HarryB Tue Mar 29, 2022 1:02 pm

the copper is a raw piece, not lacquered.

An apple bottle is green glass, body wide like an apple, slim neck and small mouth.

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Post by brigitte Tue Mar 29, 2022 6:55 pm

The metal cleaner we used was called brasso I think or maybe it is called brasso in the us. It has a funny smell and is pinkish.. Your cleaning lady could clean the piece but as I said You have to use a lot of elbow grease and it is a little dirty job. First some black stuff comes off and you have to do it until the black does not come off and then polish and polish it ..A metal guy may know a better method, I do not know. That is how we did it in the lighthouse and on the boat I used to work on as well..

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Post by mudgirl Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:24 pm

A friend of mine who designed and sold copperware used to use lemon juice and baking soda to clean and polish up her copper pieces.

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Post by brigitte Wed Mar 30, 2022 6:11 pm

yes that works too

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Post by RoyD Thu Mar 31, 2022 11:34 am

Chemically, any acid (lemon juice, vinegar) will remove corrosion from copper.
Baking soda (caustic) is an abrasive (kind of like Comet only milder).

The combination of the two neutralize each other and the abrasiveness helps to clean the surface. It does work.

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