alterview Senior Member Joined: 18 Feb 2013 Posts: 18 Location: Eugene Expertise: Just starting
Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:00pm Subject: Re: How can I remove the varnish/lacquer from a La Pavoni Pro Copper/Brass...?
It may be that you have chipping of lacquer where the base meets the plastic. Depending on what's actually happening / how bad the problem is, I would probably not recommend the dremmel or wire wheel, but instead use some naval jelly or other rust dissolver.
Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 1:11am Subject: Re: How can I remove the varnish/lacquer from a La Pavoni Pro Copper/Brass machi
There's a debate on another forum as to whether these boilers were actually copper. I thought they were copper plated brass, as the machines I've seen all seem to have brass boilers. From the inside pic of the boiler it looks like brass. The outside looks like some copper plating still on with the underlying brass showing. Can you confirm this? The lever looks like brass. The pink tone is due to the acid eating away at the zinc in the brass.
I thought the PV boilers were all brass, copper plated, chromed or otherwise but apparently, some earlier Pavoni boilers were copper but most were plated brass. Elektras were always plated brass boilers. Whatever, Elektra or Pavoni they all had a clear coat (Lacquer) finish.
Paint stripper will remove the lacquer. If it's a copper plate over brass there will be a nickel plate on the brass. The stripper will leave the nickel plate alone.
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