How To: Restore Brass Hardware

If you have an old door that featured metal ornamentation now missing, here's how to restore the brass hardware and bring the door back to its former glory.

Here’s how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door. The “ghost” image of original brass hardware is often visible. It can be replicated by tracing the impression. A cardboard template is made to scribe the design. The brass is cut on a band saw and smoothed with a belt sander. The piece is polished and installed on the door.

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