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Learn How to Restore Old Antique Brass Chandeliers Like the Pros.

Learn Trade Secrets Restoring Old Antique Brass Chandeliers.

Posted on April 11, 2014 by AUTHOR Abigail McMaugh | 29 comments

How to Restore an Old Antique Brass Chandelier like the Professionals.

Our step by step process was developed by one of our own professionals & owner of Crystal Prism World, "Daniel McMaugh. With over 20 years of experience and over 500 successful full restorations for clients all over the world. Learn his trade secrets and please be sure to read the entire process prior to beginning your restoration project.

We purchased this old antique brass chandelier with crystals from a flea market for $125.00 with the idea of providing a step by step process to showcase how easy and simple it is to turn an old antique chandelier into a Masterpiece. The project was so easy as all we did was simply strip down and removed all the chipped, scratched original crystals and cleaned the brass with WD40 Spray which is a trade secret.  We discard the old low quality crystals and replaced them with new high quality yet very affordable chandelier crystals.  Now, when cleaning an old brass chandelier you don't want to remove the patina that took years to collect but simply enhance and clean what's already there.  Take a small paint brush like an Artist would paint with and spray WD40 into a cup.  Simply dip the brush into the WD40 Spray and start to wipe the brass like you are painting a picture and the wd40 will lift the dirt and re-hydrates the old brass that has dried out over the years.  After you've applied the WD40 let it soak into the brass and wiping away the excess after 30 minutes. After you've cleaned the chandelier you are ready to hang the crystals.  There is nothing to hanging crystals as each chandelier will have existing holes where the crystals are to hung from so all you have to do is hang each chandelier crystal where each of these holes exist.  Well, that's about it...Very simple and straight to the point so next time you see an old junky looking chandelier, buy it up and refurbish it...You won't regret it. 

Recommendation:  We recommend using 15 watt light bulbs for any chandelier that has over 16 lights.   With so many lights bulbs you will over power your room and over heat the room.

Electrical: We always recommend having a licensed electrician inspect the wiring as some of the older chandeliers with cloth wrapped wiring may be unsafe due to the age.  Later model chandeliers, sconces, candelabras & lamps might have more current plastic wrapped wiring but when it comes to electrical its better to be save and have it inspected. Restored Antique Chandeliers are much more desirable & valuable with new Premium Crystals and New Wiring. 

Supplies needed for this restoration project.

1. Artist Paint Brush $2.97

2. WD40 $4.97

3. Plastic Cup f- rom your Kitchen

4. Chandelier Crystals $2.50 Each (Take 40% Off Today)

5. Crystal Chain 12mm $18.50 per 6 Feet


Before Picture


 After Photos

It's a much easier task than most people think.  This whole project took less than 2 hrs.  You simply clean the brass explained in the first step, remove the old crystals and replace them with new chandelier crystals & crystal chain and your done.  Its such an easy project I recommend this to anyone at any skill level. 

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  • Marcua S

    Thank you!The oil worked like a charm. It didn’t make my antique cherub light brassy look brassy new but it does look clean and shiny. Now I think it’s bronze. Wish I knew this befire I took the brass layer off another kamp by using brasso. Thought it was solid because ir wasn’t magnetic, but it turned off silver.

  • Marilyn Sloan

    I have several chandeliers that I believe to be old, but can’t seem to find bulbs to fit them. Please advise where to purchase.

  • Al hein

    These are nice fixtures if you like the brass and crystal fixtures. They were made in Spain and came in several different configurations. Some are all solid brass, some plated brass over pot metal and I’ve had some with brass and steel parts combined. wd 40 only works if you don’t want to restore finish as these were made to look old antique finish when made. Number one problem is wiring and sockets for many come into our shop and you can tell they used to high wattage bulb as the ends are burned at socket.
    Check our work out on Facebook under setzers chandelier and Restoration shop!

  • Lauren St. John

    Can you recommend a place where I can purchase 2 arms for my cast brass chandelier? I will send pictures and a pattern of the traced arms. Thank you.

  • DJ

    Hi – I have a similar brass chandelier made by CANEUROP. Looking for recommendations where to best value it. Thanks You DJ

  • MaryAnn

    Very nice crystals can be purchased on Amazon…they are reasonably priced. A variety. Of colors are available

  • Tom

    Old chandeliers I have bought, especially the heavier brass and brass plated ones tend to have disintegrated plastic sockets or the electric connections in the sockets have disintegrated and the candle covers have cracked or discolored. Easy to replace ordering new sockets and candle covers online but as important a step as cleaning and replacing crystals.

  • barbara christensen

    how to find out the value of a 5 light engraved chandelier
    made in Spain over 50 yrs old.

  • Nancy

    I have just purchased the exact same chandelier as in pictures above. 12 candles and original crystals . It is really dusty and the solid brass is laydened with dust! I am cleaning the crystals with water and a little vinegar and they seem to be coming up nicely. However, I read where you can use WD40 on the brass?! Is this a good idea or not? Also…. my chandelier does not have the string of crystals …. how many strings of crystal would I need and where can I order them ? Many thanks , Nancy

  • Josh

    I have seen this pattern before. These were made between 1940 and 1970 and are only stamped with “Caneurop” manufacturing. The artistry of these mass-produced yet seemingly more rare, is that their proportions and decor were never overdone or pompous. They tended to work well with lower ceilings and had a more horizontal spread, making them very comfortable to look at(if you can understand what I mean by that). These were made of solid brass and still fetch prices in the 2K and 3K range. Collecting Prisms both glass and Crystal are my thing. ;) Regards, JJ


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