This is the deterioration of the zinc portion in brass metals. Brass is an alloy of 2 parts copper and 1 part zinc. Detection of this problem is noticing pink spots appearing on the metal. Perspiration, acids from flower stems, grape juices, wines, fingerprints, and air pollutants can dezincify unprotected brass. Lacquer is only a temporary protective coating. This is why we use an oven-baked epoxy coating. It is the most durable, permanent coating available. When your altarware needs refinishing, insist on an oven baked epoxy coating. Don't settle for anything less.
Our refinishing process involves stripping off old lacquer, dipping in a brass cleaning chemical, buffing to a high luster, degrease cleaning and coating with epoxy and baking in an oven at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
It is very important to coat Brass Communionware with our oven baked epoxy. Grape juices and wines are very acidic. Lacquers are not durable enough to protect the base metal from these harsh chemicals. Also, our epoxy coating can be washed in soapy dishwater and rinsed in hot water and dried with a dish towel with no harm to the finish.
Our replating process requires stripping off old plating, dipping in a brass cleaning chemical, buffing to a high luster, degrease cleaning and electrolysis bonding your choice of metal to the item. No protective material can be put on silver to prevent tarnishing.
After our refinishing process, clean with Pledge furniture polish. It is extremely difficult to put a "time" guarantee on our finish. A cross should last 40-50 years or longer with no change to the finish. Vases, collection plates and items that are handled frequently have a shorter longevity. Handling altarware with care will assure a long-lasting finish. We coat all brass items with an oven-baked epoxy coating, the most durable finish available. This finish can be handled without the use of gloves. Handling with bare hands will not harm the finish.