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Aug 20, 2011 09:08 AM

Help - polishing accidentally "etched" surface on copper

So, I'm bad and let something acidic sit on the surface of a copper pot (unknowingly - it was a splatter!) and it's appeared to "etch" the outside of the pot. Is there some way to polish this out? I would really appreciate solutions rather than advice not to worry about it. Thank you!

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  1. Many years ago we restored an antique brass bed. To clean off the majority of the dirt we used brasso or some such commercial product. But to bring the perfect shine to the metal, we used a product called NEVR-DULL which an antiques restorer had recommended to us. This is treated cotton wadding in a red, white and blue can, and will restore the perfect finish on any metal piece, including copper. You can buy it in any local hardware store. It keeps fine, and even as a piece blackens it retains its cleaning ability. So I never hesitiate to recommend it.

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    1. re: junescook

      Wow, that's good to know! I appreciate such a practical (and easy) solution. Many thanks!

    2. At the Jelly Belly Candy Co the copper kitchen items had a beautiful satin finish from years of cleaning, and caustics. We had large kettles, and piping, and it all had this finish. Copper will oxidize in air unless coated in some fashion. Over time constant polishing will reduce the thickness of the object, not overnight, but over years. Something to consider.