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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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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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Very Kool.... :)

Sorry...couldn't resist. :)
 

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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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TB-

You're dating yourself again... a lot of people don't remember Jim Jones and his little band of Kool-aid drinkers.
 

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I was in high school SD, but the images broadcast by the media have been etched in my mind ever since . . . and would imagine most Americans today, regardless of age should have been exposed to the story of this tragedy, at some point in their lives.

 

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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.
Chuckles, you were a snipe weren't you :p

I found that red "bug juice" got the best results, all brass nozzels (Navy doesn't use them much anymore) were always inspection ready with minimum elbow grease.

I was in high school SD, but the images broadcast by the media have been etched in my mind ever since . . . and would imagine most Americans today, regardless of age should have been exposed to the story of this tragedy, at some point in their lives.
I was living in Panama when all the bodies came through, they were staged at Ft. Clayton for shipment back to the states.
 

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Using vinegar also works great at cleaning brass. I used to buy it by the gallon at Sams and dump it and the brass parts all on a big bucket OUTSIDE and let them sit overnight. But, brass is still a pain in the .... So I updated my light fixtures with plastic chromey looking ones!
 

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When was that sifucarl? I was stationed at Navcomsta Balboa myself....early 70's though.......probably before your time.....

GREAT Duty!
 

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Chuckles, you were a snipe weren't you :p

I found that red "bug juice" got the best results, all brass nozzels (Navy doesn't use them much anymore) were always inspection ready with minimum elbow grease.



I was living in Panama when all the bodies came through, they were staged at Ft. Clayton for shipment back to the states.
I was a self respecting Radioman (now Information Tech). Retired ITC (SS/SW/AW)
 

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Figured that when you mentioned NCS Balboa. Not your fault, your recruiter probably lied to you :)

1978 - 2000.
 
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