Dark brass hardware on Belstaff Trailmaster Legend

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Dark brass hardware on Belstaff Trailmaster Legend

Postby BlueRiver » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:54 am

Hi guys!

I'm in the process of modifying my new Trailmaster Legend to be more screen accurate.
The first thing I did was to let my tailor convert the belt to a fixed half-belt. Huge improvement in my eyes.

Now I've set my focus to the brass hardware.

I've found a solution (in Sweden) called Norit/Svartoxid or Argentoxid and is commonly used by professional jewelers to darken metals like silver and in this case brass. I tried it on the brass buckle with great success. The oxide gave the brass a dark antique look almost instant. The sad part is that the solution did not have the same effect on the buttons. Despite giving it a darker finish, it only affected the surface and can easily be washed off with a dry cloth.

Prior to using the solution I cleaned off the original antique distress on the buttons with paint thinner. Leaving a clean brass colored button... but is it an actual brass button or a brass look-a-like?

Anyone else who has darkened the buttons on a Belstaff jacket without using paint?
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