Nikki Peeling Hardware

Haughty

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My new-to-me black studded pyramid Nikki is here. The leather is wonderful but the hardware has some peeling. I've tried Brasso but not much luck.

It's not a deal breaker, but I would love to clean her up. Does anyone have suggestions?

Thanks!
 

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soramillay

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There's no cleaning that can bring back the gunmetal finish because it's worn off to the brass below. But if you are willing to risk DIY, you can try the Rub n Buff metallic wax finish. They sell them at Michaels and it comes in various colors. I used the gold one on my MAM hardware... it's not perfect but my goal was just to hide the discoloration. Alternatively you could try painting with metallic paint?
 

Haughty

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the Rub and Buff tomorrow. Someone at a craft store also suggested car repair pain at a car repair shop. Like you, I only want to hide the discoloration.

Thanks again!
 
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Hello! Truly beautiful bag. =]

May I ask you how old it is? I'm considering buying a RM with gunmetal hardware and, whilst the black one is known to peel, I've never heard about such issues with the gunmetal...Sorry, I can't be of much help about it either.
 

Haughty

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Thank you. I have no idea of the age. I was hoping it was OS. It was a Poshmark bargain. I am embarrassed to say I don't know the difference between gunmetal and other kinds of hardware!
 

onlyk

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what lining is it? I have a nikki that is the original black leather with gold hardware, the hardware still looks shining and new, I think it depends on how much the previous person been using it. Some people maybe hard on their bags.

If it's me, I wouldn't try to treat it, it's not going to change much and may make it worse.
 

Haughty

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The lining is the little red birds. Is that the Becky Bird lining?

I put the Mr to work on it this weekend. He spray painted the hardware black and did a nice job. At least he didn't get it all over the leather like I would have and it looks good enough that I can put her back into the rotation. I guess I'll keep him around another week
 

onlyk

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That's late of 2009, was produced at least one year later than mine. Glad to know you had a good result, you got a good man there! :smile: