Cleaning the brass on a chrononmeter

FloridaLou

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Hi All,
Should I clean the brass on an antique Heath chronometer?
The shellac is pretty orange, should i just clean the dirty off and leave it alone?
Please advise.
Lou
 

jmclaugh

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Lou, do you have any pics? If the brass is tarnished then I would clean it. As to the shellac if in good condition clean with warm water and detergent but use sparingly and don't soak or pour over as it will damage the finish. Alternatively use a furniture cleaning polishing wax containing turpentine. If in poor condition you could remove it with denatured alcohol and refinish.
 
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