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Old 02-26-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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My portholes - Before and after

Amazing what a little sand blasting and polishing can do!
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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Looks terrific. Now what are you going to do.....?

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:01 PM   #3
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Since the shinny part is inside I'm assuming it will stay relatively nice for a while.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:03 PM   #4
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I am real sorry to see those. Mine are somewhere between, and I don't think they will ever look like that. Great job!
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Eric:

Beautiful job! Don't be discouraged by the guys that are razzing you about keeping them looking good. I put all polished brass faucets in my home 11 years ago. Kitchen, 3 baths, etc. I sprayed them first with a marine clear varnish and we never clean them with anything other than a wet wash cloth or towel. (No soap, cleaner, etc.) I have done the same thing to two polished brass plaques that are on the outside of my boat and am just finishing up my second year. They still look great!


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RE: My portholes - Before and after

Fotoman, your ports look great, tho now all shiny, I think once installed I'd let them weather - bronze looks good weathered. The trouble with lacquering, is when exposed to sea air it seems to not last too long, then starts to degrade, and then looks worse than just weathered bronze, and you have to take them right back to metal to get rid of the damaged varnish. Brass might well be different there Walt, tho it'll be interesting to see how well the boat plaques last in shiny mint condition.
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Peter, you may well have a point but as I stated, I'm finishing up 2 years on the "outside" brass plaques. The point is to keep oxygen from attacking the polished surface.

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Peter B wrote:Brass might well be different there Walt, tho it'll be interesting to see how well the boat plaques last in shiny mint condition.
Peter, you may well have a point but as I stated, I'm finishing up 2 years on the "outside" brass plaques. The point is to keep oxygen from attacking the polished surface.

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Right Walt - got that, but 2 yrs is not that long in the life of a boat - goes all to damn fast between antifouls, which I do every 2 yrs, and it cames around farrrrr to fast, as I suspect you would agree.* I'm basing this on how disappointed I was at how long my nice shiney, (varnished over brass), time and tide clock, barometer, and ships bell lasted, (or rather, did not last), before going all yucky looking as the varnish broke down - and they were all inside, so not exposed to 'raw' sea air, as it were.




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I'm basing this on how disappointed I was at how long my nice shiney, (varnished over brass), time and tide clock, barometer, and ships bell lasted, (or rather, did not last),
I can't speak to your experience, only my own. As previously stated, the polished brass fixtures in my home are finishing up 11 years and still look great. Although not inside a boat...I do live in a house overlooking the water so the environmental conditions are not so far apart.

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