How To Redefine Vintage Brass And Copper Shadow Stands

Umbrella stands are an important home accessory for arranging and storing wet umbrellas, and for keeping entrances safe by helping to keep floors dry. Umbrella holders can also serve as an attractive decorative accent to the foyer or entrance making visitors an important first impression. While umbrella holders can be built from any material, solid brass and copper umbrella holders have the benefit of excellent corrosion resistance, durability and beauty. During the 1970s and early 1980s, brass and copper umbrella holders were a popular decorative accent for homeowners with brass umbrella holders imported from England, Italy and India at the top of the list. Today, these stands can be found in yard sales, antique shops, and online at a fraction of their original cost. Many of these vintage umbrella holders can be returned to their original beauty using simple techniques.

Does My Umbrella Stand Solid Brass or Plated Brass?

Refinishing brass or plated copper umbrella holders can be difficult because the finish is simply a thin coat of brass or copper applied over a steel sheet metal. Once the thin plated finish has corroded or corroded, the underlying steel material is exposed making the finish subject to further corrosion and color. Brass stands or plated copper plates can be easily detected by using a magnet. If the magnet is sticking to the stand, it is a plated piece. On the other hand, solid brass or solid umbrella stands can be easily refinished as solid brass or solid copper can be polished indefinitely without further damage or color.

Redefine your stand.

If your solid brass or copper umbrella stand is still bright, but shows wear due to marks or scratches, it may be covered with thin lacquer. The lacquer will need to be removed before polishing the stand using home paint / lacquer residue. If your umbrella stand already looks polished, it is likely that lacquer does not exist and the stand can be cleaned and polished without further preparation. For cleaning and polishing any solid brass or copper umbrella stand, brass or copper gloss paste is an excellent solution. From our experience Wenol Brass Polish is an excellent choice and can be found in many hardware stores or ordered online. Apply the polish to a soft cloth (gloves are recommended) and rub the cloth on the umbrella stand starting from the bottom up. Once the stand is polished it can be used “as is” and will develop a small patina over time. If you want the stand to stay really shiny, you will need to apply a thin coat of clear lacquer. Clear spray lacquer is available at most hardware stores and paint centers. Use care not to spray over fingerprints once the stand is polished as fingerprints may become more apparent after the stand has been lacquered.

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