Removing Lacquer from your Chandelier or Ceiling Rose

It is always nice to receive an appreciative email from a customer and today was no exception.

A few weeks ago a customer telephoned thanking us for the delivery of their order and to order a few more pieces for the installation of their chandelier and to ask for advice on how to remove the lacquer from their chandelier as they wished to have a natural finish.

As the process is relatively simple, you just have to be extremely careful to make sure you do not burn yourself we were happy to assist and emailed him the instructions and this morning we received the following message:-

Hi Nikki
Many thanks for this most helpful reply.
I have now successfully removed the lacquer and it all looks great!
Kind regards

Receiving this made me think that perhaps other people would find this tip useful as it is not the first time we have been asked about the process.  As I mentioned above it is relatively easy just be very, very careful.

To remove the lacquer from your chandelier, lantern, ceiling rose etc. the item needs to be removed from the electrical source and dismantled to ensure that any wiring is not immersed in the water. Ensure that you have a heat proof, water proof container and select a piece of your chandelier or light etc. that you can test the process on.

Then basically you need to boil up some water, put the lacquered part into the heat proof, water proof container and pour the boiling water over the part making sure that you do not splash any water over yourself as it will cause a nasty burn.  Any lacquer on the part will then dissolve, once the water has cooled down remove the part and allow it to dry, once dry you will be able to see if any lacquer (if it was lacquered) remains.  If there is any residue left on the part then repeat as necessary