Re: bronze polishing
Mostly, because I am lazy I wouldn’t polish either. Unless as mentioned by “bruce w” in post #49 it is a steam boat, then of course everything needs to gleam.
In my callow youth when I hung around the marina on weekends I quickly learned the life cycle of polished brass. A person-of-wealth would buy a really-nice-boat. Every piece of brass except the clock and compass would be painted white. This of course was unacceptable! Good money was paid for this boat the brass must be seen. Said wealthy person would hire the aforementioned callow youth to remove all of the paint and polish up that brass. Which of course would soon tarnish resulting in rally ugly green gunk getting on summer dress of wife/daughter of person-of-wealth. After a couple of rounds of re-polishing the brass a proclamation would be made “we shall put varathane on all of the brass”. Callow youth would point out that (a) it would look tacky and not present the “image” that comes from the soft glow of real polished brass and (b) when it gets scratched or worn the oxidation will still occur but now be even harder to keep looking nice. Then youth would clean and degrease everything and cover it with varathane, which of course made all that nice brass look like cheap plastic. Eventually when person-of-wealth got tired of very expensive boat looking like it was outfitted with cheap scratched shower curtain rods callow youth would clean and degrease everything and paint it white again, unless of course person-of-wealth was willing to kick out some real cash and have the youth cover everything possible with fancy decorative rope work. Callow youth of course encourage this and pointed out many examples of his fine work on other boats. Eventually after a couple of seasons person-of-wealth would realize that due to really-nice-boat he was no longer a person-of-wealth and boat would be sold. New owner seeing that all of the brass was painted white would decide that this was unacceptable . . .
I am guessing that this scenario has played itself out forever in every yacht basin in the world.
Donald, no Masters degree here, but I have done some sculpture and a lot of jewelry work. Where do you get wax that melts at 1000º F? And how do you apply it without damaging the finer details of your work?
Donald Branscom post #42
“Sculptors use sculptors wax over the metal which melts at about 1000º F
I know I have a Masters degree in sculpture.”
If there's more water on the outside than in, she's afloat.