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Feb 6, 2023 - 2:22:14 PM
36 posts since 1/13/2009

Hi guys

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?


Feb 6, 2023 - 2:36:45 PM
like this

2678 posts since 11/17/2018

Archived thread on aging nickel parts...

Feb 6, 2023 - 4:40:57 PM

1794 posts since 2/21/2011

Nigel, will these work for your purposes?...

Feb 6, 2023 - 10:35:53 PM

4750 posts since 5/29/2011

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.

Feb 7, 2023 - 1:42:53 AM
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16566 posts since 8/30/2006

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?

Feb 7, 2023 - 7:00:47 AM

4750 posts since 5/29/2011

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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