The real brass knuckles are made up of brass, however, sometimes these knuckles are also constructed of wood, plastic or rubber. People wear them on their hands and most of the times, due to time or due to different environmental factors, these knuckles start to wear out and lose their shiny varnish. Although brass looks good even then as it starts having an antique look, yet most people prefer their knuckles to be all sleek, shiny and brand new. So, what do we do when that happens? There are ways by which you can polish your brass knuckles when they start looking old and worn out. Let us have a look at the steps to polish the knuckles.
1- Evaluate the Brass Knuckles
The first step is to assess your knuckles properly. For that, you must check if your knuckles have a layer of lacquer on it or not. If not, then you are good to go but if it has that layer, then you must take it off first by taking it to a metal refinisher. After the brass knuckles are free from that layer of lacquer, you can start the process of shining them. Just so you know, lacquer is a thin and shining film that is usually done on the metals to prevent them from tarnishing.
2- Start Polishing
The next step is to start polishing your brass knuckles and this step must be performed to hide any discoloration the metal has gone through. For this, always use a polish that is designated specifically to be used on brass. The method or the instructions on how to use the polish are written clearly on the bottle so read and follow those instructions carefully. Use a soft cloth for applying the polish i.e. a cotton fabric, you can also use your old sweatshirt for this purpose. A harder or rough material is avoided to prevent scratch marks from appearing on the smooth brass.
3- The Use of Natural Materials
If you do not want to use the brass polish from the market. Then, what you can do is that you can use natural ingredients available so easily at home to make your own brass polish. There are two recipes which you can use for this purpose. Let us have a look at both of them.
Lemon and Baking Soda
The two basic ingredients for this recipe are baking soda and lemon. What you will have to do is that you will take half a lemon, take out its juice and mix it in one teaspoon of baking soda. Stir well until you get a paste. Now use this paste as a polish and apply it using a soft cloth on your brass knuckles. Then just rinse it and let it dry and if you are still not satisfied with the results, then repeat the process.
Lemon and Salt
You can also try using the lemon and salt recipe. This recipe requires you to cut a lemon in half and apply one teaspoon of salt on it. Then rub this lemon on the surface of your brass knuckles to make them shine. You can also squeeze the lemon to get more juice on the metal. Then just rinse it with water and dry.
This is how you can polish your brass knuckles but my recommendation is to let them age as there is nothing that looks more graceful than antique brass knuckles. What do you think?