As a relative newcomer to the fettling art, I look at some of the lovely lamps and wonder how on earth people made such a great job. I am tackling my next project and wondered what I am getting right and what I'm messing up. So Bought this many years ago I think it was a car boot sale. Been in my attic since then. These lamps seem so well made and designed. Have found this alloy wheel cleaner good for shifting muck on brass, clean with a paint brush but dont leave things in there for long. Then wash them in soapy water and dip in water with bicarbonate added to neutralise. Comes out a strange shade of orange, thinking of running for president. Then cleaned up with a wire brush and a quick buff up. Meanwhile strip the old paint with screwfix stripper I gave it a good brush and then rubbed it with fine emery just to key the surface, I sprayed it with Halfords primer to give a good surface to paint, and baked it in the homemade curing oven. Then after 24 hrs sprayed with Ford pepper red and cured for a while. Now its sitting on the radiator for a couple of days then I will laquer it. So far so good, next I will clean up the brass a bit, I noticed the top part seems to be quite aged and there will be a limit to how bright it will polish.