I have an OME banjo where the metal work has the aged look. I need to replace some of the bracket hooks but I have been unable to find anyone in the UK that sells them. If I buy them from OME the postage is four times the cost of the bits. Now, many years ago I was in the workshop of a now defunct banjo retailer and I saw him age a nickel bracket hook with a sort of pen or highlighter. Does anyone know how I can take a nickel bracket hook and make it look aged?
Soak nickel plated parts in distilled white vinegar for about ten minutes. That will tarnish them to make them look old. You can repeat if necessary for a good patina.
This works on nickel but vinegar will polish chrome.
Culloden Thank you for your informed reply and not referring us off post for archives. No nickel eating.
Would you dilute the vinegar?
I am intrigued by the pen or hi-lighter. Ultraviolet?
I would dilute the vinegar with about one part water to three parts vinegar. Any more than that and it won't work as well.
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