How To Refinish Brass Fixtures?

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Q: I found some cheap but nice quality light fixtures for my room. They are ridiculously outdated but far too nice to scrap or try my luck somewhere else. I have 3 that i want to paint but I'm not sure how to do that correctly. (Do i sand it first? Remove the tarnish?) It's not really clear to me and I can't find a straight answer elsewhere.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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