Step 1: Strip Any Coating

antique a brass light fixture remove coating with stripper
Photo: Lisa Shin
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If your item is lacquered, you’ll need to remove this coating first. Tape off wires or wrap them in plastic ahead of time. Wear protective gloves and eyewear while working with paint stripper. Brush the paint stripper onto the fixture to loosen the lacquer. We used Citristrip, a mild stripper, because its thick consistency makes it easy to apply and its orange color makes it easy to spot on the brass.
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    Tools List

    • transparent tape
      Tape
    • plastic food wrap
      Plastic food wrap to protect any exposed wiring
    • plastic bowl
      Two plastic bowls (for stripper and solution)
    • latex gloves
      Protective gloves
    • eye goggles
      Protective eyewear
    • paintbrush
      1-inch paintbrush
    • cleaning rag
      Rags
    • fine steel wool
      Fine steel wool
    • foam brush
      1-inch foam brush

    Shopping List

    1. Electric lantern

    2. Jax Brass, Bronze & Copper Darkener

    3. Paint stripper (We used Citristrip stripping gel.)