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Thread: Need advice on restoring a piece of metal from an old handbag.

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    Default Need advice on restoring a piece of metal from an old handbag.

    Hello all.

    I have a piece of metal from an old handbag that I want to restore. I think it`s steel.

    The metal was originally gold coloured but the gold paint has since been rubbed off. I want to restore the gold colour.

    How would I go about doing this? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Whatever you try, will wear off again with use, so If you just want a quick fix select a lacquer from here. If the metal won't come off the handbag, isolate it with plenty of painters masking tape, and choose metallic paint, following the makers instructions.
    I would try it on some scrap metal first.
    https://www.google.com/search?client...fts&bshm=nce/1

    However if you want a more professional job, you must separate the metal part, and send it away for electro plating.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Smal...erp&bshm=nce/1
    Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 16-05-2023 at 09:26 PM.

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    Thanks for the reply Dennis.

    If you just want a quick fix select a lacquer from here.
    I`m going to try this route so should I also consider primers and undercoats? How about clear varnish?

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    Dear Bock, This is a jewellery making forum, so I have only a passing acquaintance with lacquers.
    Your best option, is to select a product from the link I posted, and then if the instructions are not sufficient, phone the suppliers. Dennis

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