Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby Racer-X » May 18th 2018, 8:45pm

Justin Mastine-Frost. "This is the final article in a three-part series on bronze watches by contributing writer Justin Mastine-Frost. This column addresses the various aspects of owning and caring for a bronze watch that extend beyond the obvious passion for patina. Today’s topic focuses on how to best clean your bronze timepiece.

For those looking to maintain a factory-fresh look on their bronze watches, and also for those who’ve accidentally overshot their target with forced patina (read more here), a good number of household tricks exist for cleaning bronze that are relatively painless. While off-the-shelf products exist to clean brass, bronze and other metals (Bar Keepers Friend, among others), we’ve found success using household concoctions as well. The most simple often entails a fair bit of elbow grease, but it is also the one that shouldn’t require any additional shopping: toothpaste. That’s right, applying a healthy coating of toothpaste to a bronze case, allowing it to sit for a handful of minutes (maybe five to ten), followed by some vigorous scrubbing with a toothbrush, will often bring a bronze watch back to a healthy shine."

https://www.watchtime.com/featured/living-with-bronze-watch-how-to-clean-patina/
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby MAX » May 19th 2018, 4:35am

I have found ketchup works quite well on brass, havent tried it on bronze yet. Non abrasive too. Leaves the brass clean but slightly dark like the start of new patina and very uniform. If you want shiny you still have to polish but much easier and quicker job.
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby foghorn » May 19th 2018, 4:41am

I like patina.
I'd rather eat stinky sausages at Tim Hortons than scrub my watch with toothpaste and ketchup. (catsup for you upper crusters)
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby gerdson » May 19th 2018, 4:58am

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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby svaglic » May 19th 2018, 7:52am

Put a black ip coating on it and you won't have to worry about it. It works for Androids titanium watches.
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby TemerityB » May 19th 2018, 8:09am

svaglic wrote:Put a black ip coating on it and you won't have to worry about it. It works for Androids titanium watches.


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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby conjurer » May 19th 2018, 8:43am

Racer-X wrote:While off-the-shelf products exist to clean brass, bronze and other metals (Bar Keepers Friend, among others),


This would be Mongo's solution.
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby Hawk » May 19th 2018, 9:48am

I thought most folks bought bronze because they liked patina.

For those of us that don't I will defer to the Brits who worked out a solution long ago.

http://picreator.co.uk/renaissance-wax/
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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby foghorn » May 19th 2018, 10:05am

Hawk wrote:I thought most folks bought bronze because they liked patina.





Damn skippy. I like my carbon blade Opinels to look "weathered" too.

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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby conjurer » May 19th 2018, 10:12am

foghorn wrote:Any good products to make distressed leather look new?



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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby TemerityB » May 19th 2018, 2:37pm

conjurer wrote:
foghorn wrote:Any good products to make distressed leather look new?



Yup. A MasterCard.


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Re: Living with Bronze, Part 3: Cleaning and Maintenance

Postby 3Flushes » May 19th 2018, 10:57pm

Hawk wrote:I thought most folks bought bronze because they liked patina.

For those of us that don't I will defer to the Brits who worked out a solution long ago.

http://picreator.co.uk/renaissance-wax/
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Now available in the colonies - even Amazon.


About damn indispensable for those that believe in carbon steel blades and what not.

Great stuff, that!
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