Patination on Steel Fittings

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I left a thimble and crimp set (to be used for suspending my heavy lamp) in vinegar over night to see if it would remove the zinc coating. It worked well. The formerly bright metal is now a dullish grey! It worked! This distilled vinegar stuff is jolly useful. After rinsing in water an hour later a few small rust spots began to apper. I feel the duller metal with rust spots will better suit the light shade, before hand it was too bright and shiny.

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Too bright and shiny, coated in a zinc alloy

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