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How to care for copper, brass and bronze. Tips on identifying the finish, cleaning, and polishing.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1975 (v.53#6) pg. J12 (104+)

Tip: Polish chrome fixtures with pieces of newspaper.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1989 (v.67#6) pg. 111

Tips on cleaning and protecting stainless steel.
BOATING WORLD #102 Summer 1994 pg. 65

How to clean and polish metal objects. A look at the devices that make the job easier.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #168 Dec 1975 (v.25#9) pg. 40

How to polish metal like a pro using a cloth buffing wheel and suitable polishing compounds.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #221 Sep 1981 (v.31#7) pg. 12

How to clean chrome and stainless steel.
HANDY ANDY Mar 1981 (v.5#6) pg. 15

Tip on using aluminum foil to clean and polish chrome furniture.
HOME MECHANIX #744 Apr 1990 (v.86) pg. 109

Restoring metals. (1) How to buff metalware and (2) How to color metals with chemicals.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1982 (v.7#3) pg. 87

Putting the finish on jewelers' metals. Tips from a pro on selecting and using buffing machines, abrasive wheels, buffing disks, buffing compounds, etc.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #523 May 1981 pg. 34

Tip: How to impart a quick tumble polish on metal.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #566 Dec 1984 pg. 38

Tip on polishing metal using lemon juice.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1990 (v.43#10) pg. 97

Tip on speeding up the final polishing of metal by using oil of wintergreen.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1990 (v.44#6) pg. 98

Tumbled treasure. Using a vibrating tumbler to polish (burnish) gold, silver, and platinum jewelry.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1992 (v.45#11) pg. 87

Tumble-polishing handmade metal jewelry. Project for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1999 (v.53#4) pg. 75

Trichloroethane (TCE) is implicated in corrosion of electrical parts. Includes tips on using metal degreasers to preclude such corrosion.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1989 (v.11#12) pg. 15

Tip: Clean chrome by rubbing paste wax on the surface using 000 steel wool.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #678 Oct 1984 (v.80) pg. 144

The art of polishing metal.
MODEL BOATS #572 Aug 20 1998 (v.48) pg. 55

Metal polishing made easy. Use a buffing wheel in an electric drill to shine tarnished metal.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #74 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 30

Tip: Use a ball of aluminum foil to scrub aluminum pans.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #113 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 38

Tip on using cotton gloves to polish chrome or clean irregular surfaces.
MOTORCYCLIST #1113 Jan 1990 pg. 76

Tips on cleaning cast-iron radiators.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1983 (v.11#5) pg. 111

Tip: Use cardboard templates to keep metal cleaners and polishes from touching wood finishes.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1983 (v.11#8) pg. 180

Tip on cleaning, polishing and coating small items made of brass or bronze.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1988 (v.16#3) pg. 19

Tip on polishing badly corroded and pitted old faucets and plumbing fixtures.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1990 (v.18#4) pg. 18

A guide to ways to combat rust around the house, shop and car. Includes recipes for homemade corrosion removers for rusted iron or steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze and silver.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1979 (v.151#6) pg. 114

Tip on polishing screwheads with a metal-bristle brush.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1990 (v.167#12) pg. 53

Build a shop hot-tank (a container filled with a hot alkaline metal cleaning solution). The solution is kept hot using an electric immersion heater cartridge.
PROJECTS IN METAL Oct 1990 (v.3#5) pg. 22

Preparing and using set-up wheels (cloth buffing wheels with a layer of abrasive glued to the surface) for final polishing of all kinds of plated and metal parts.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #184 Nov 1991 (v.16#4) pg. 12
Added Info SKINNED KNUCKLES #188 Mar 1992 (v.16#8) pg. 38

Stainless steel restoration. Tools and techniques to clean and polish SS objects.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #208 Nov 1993 (v.18#4) pg. 25
Added Info SKINNED KNUCKLES #209 Dec 1993 (v.18#5) pg. 32

Polishing small metal parts using "Craytex" rubberized abrasive products and a high-speed hand grinder. Some tips.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #232 Nov 1995 (v.20#4) pg. 11

The ABCs of buffing metal parts using powered wheels and various compounds.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #234 Jan 1996 (v.20#6) pg. 23

Metal cleaning. Advice on degreasing, paint removal, rust removal and cleaning parts by tumbling.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #279 Oct 1999 (v.24#3) pg. 9

Polished airplanes and parts that shine. Advice on polishing aluminum spinners, props, and other surfaces to a brilliant shine and keeping them that way.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1993 (v.42#8) pg. 49