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Because I found this with a quick google search, I'm sure that many of you have too but I thought I would share.

I had *great* luck polishing some seriously tarnished brass light fixtures by soaking them overnight in Kool Aid.

We polished a few by hand with Bright Boy and with Nevr-Dull both of which worked but Kool Aid cut the elbow grease down to about 10% of what it took without.

I bought Kool Aid packets - the kind you still have to add sugar to. Then I added water but not sugar. I soaked the first fixture for about 1.5 hours and it was a lot better. However, I soaked two more overnight (because I was running out of time) and the results were amazing.

Anything with citric acid as the first ingredient probably has the same effect.

Warning: The Kool Aid *will* dye your hands. Mine were green although they are only lightly green after a shower

I took some pictures that I'll upload if I have time.

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It works with stainless, and most other metals as well....Used to use the "military kool-aide" for cleaning bright work and aluminum and such all the time....

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That's good to know, thanks Jody.

A few before-after pics. These images will only work for the next few weeks so if you find this thread and it is old - sorry.

I'm taking light fixtures that look like this. This is a medium tarnished one, light fixtures near water sources (galley, head) were worse.



Soaking them in kool aid overnight until they look like this:



Then polishing them until they look like this:


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Holly cow!!! , what a difference.....I need to try this

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WOW!!!


I can't wait to try that, thanks!
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So Livia...do you have to use Lime Kool Aid? Cherry was alway my favorite!
thanks...gonna try it!

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Very Kool....

Sorry...couldn't resist.




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Wow! Gotta try it. Thanks.
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...and you can drink the cleaning solution when you're done!!!
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In the navy we called kool aid 'bug juice'. Soaking deck drains and other brass parts overnight was an official part of the Preventive Maintenance Plan.
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