You see a beautiful brass or copper antique pot, kettle or other metal object in the flea market but some fool has lacquered it. You know it’s a vintage piece, but its value is greatly diminished by the now yellowing lacquer. However, the price is right and when you point out that its been lacquered; the seller offers to make you an even better deal. So you buy it with thoughts of leaving the lacquer and using it for a trash can. (shudder)
What can you do with that lacquer? Try this.
Mix ½ cup of baking soda with
1 gallon of boiling water
Put the newly found lacquered pot into this solution and let sit. When the water cools the lacquer should peel right off. Be careful not to use any sharp metal instruments around the crevices or tight areas. Use a toothbrush instead. If any lacquer remains, repeat the process. You should have a completely restored piece by the end of the day. We’ve not tried this on varnish or an other finish other than lacquer. If you do and it works, let us know. We’ll pass it on and give you credit for the advice.