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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default How can I darken new door furniture?

    Hi there

    We have just unwrapped our new door furniture that is supposed to be 'antique bronze' finish but it is over-polished, over-buffed, too bright and very shiny. Can anyone recommend a way to 'de-antiquify' i.e take the shine off and give a darker, more traditional, 'used' look please?

    Appreciate any ideas

    Thanks heaps

  2. #2
    Old Chippy 6K
    Join Date
    Mar 2007


    If it is new then you should return it and get what you are after. Any attempt to make it look 'antique' will end in tears IMO. It can be done, but I think that downsides of trying on new items far outweighs any upside. You have to remove the protective surface lacquer, treat with a suitable etching compound then re-coat with a clear enamel. Although 'brass' you might also find that the metal is not what you expect and that is just one of a number of issues with what you propose.

    So again I suggest that you return and exchange rather than taking the risk of ruining new door furniture. Most businesses are pleased to be able to help out a client - even if they reckon the client's original choice is the issue. If you making any start on a DIY fix then that option is gone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006


    Thank you for your advice. Very wise and we'll heed it!


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