How to Remove Bronze Tarnish and Pitting

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Bronze tarnishes when it becomes exposed to oxygen, water or any other material that will corrode it. Metal becomes pitted when it corrodes for a long time and actually develops small holes in its surface. Extensive pitting will completely ruin a piece of bronze metal beyond repair. If bronze has light pitting or tarnish, you can salvage it by using a homemade cleaning solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Distilled water
  • Stiff-bristled brush

Remove Bronze Tarnish

  • Mix 1 tbsp. salt with 1 tbsp. white distilled vinegar.

  • Rub the salt paste over the surface of the bronze to remove the tarnish. Rub over the entire piece with a clean cloth until the tarnish is gone.

  • Rinse the bronze with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.

Remove Bronze Pitting

  • Brush the bronze gently with a stiff-bristled brush until the bronze area appears smooth.

  • Rinse the bronze with clear water.

  • Place the bronze in distilled water so that it is completely submerged. Let it soak for 10 to 15 days until it is completely clean.

  • Remove the bronze and dry it with a clean cloth.

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