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
Shannan

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

 

 

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Choosing your electrical cable

Are you a little daunted by choosing electrical cable?  We often receive calls from customers asking us to explain the different electrical cables that we sell as they are looking to restore their chandeliers personally or their electrician has asked them to source the electrical cable for their chandelier restoration or lighting project but has not clearly specified which cable to purchase?

In this blog we aim to give you some information that will assist with your choice and help you avoid ordering an incorrect item.

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself or your electrician before you start.

  1. Do you need 2 core electric cable or 3 core electric cable?  2 core electrical cable does NOT have an earth and so is suitable for plastic lamp holders only – 3 core electrical cable HAS an earth and so is suitable for using with metal lamp holders
  2. What is the amp requirements of your light fitting/chandelier? At King’s Chandeliers we supply both 0.75mm and 0.50mm INNER core cables and as the core size suggests they have different amp suitability.  0.50mm inner core cables available from kingschandeliers.co.uk have a maximum 3 amp rating and 0.75mm inner core cables available from our website have a maximum 6 amp rating.In addition to the amps look at the wattage your light fitting/chandelier will be using – if in doubt check with your electrician or contact us at info@kingschandeliers.co.uk before ordering
  3. If using 2 core electrical cable do you need to earth your chandelier- this is going to depend on your chandelier restoration and if it includes any metal components.  Earth tags are available from our website, your electrician can advise on the appropriate use of earth tags.
  4. You will also need to take into account the outer width of the electrical cable and the space you have too thread the cable through on your chandelier/light fitting.  Please note the outer diameter of the cable is NOT the 0.75mm and 0.50mm dimensions referred to in the main cable descriptions, as previously advised these are the inner cores not outer dimensions.  As a general rule the 0.50mm inner core cable available from our website is approx. 5-6mm outer diameter and the 0.75mm inner core is approx. 6-7mm however there are a couple of variants to these measurements including a mini clear cable which is the thinnest and strongest lighting cable that we have come across – if you need a thin cable for your chandelier restoration this is the only one we would recommend.

You will find a comprehensive range of colours, styles and finishes in our electrical cable section including clear cables, vintage styles and colours, pvc finishes etc with minimum order levels of just one metre up to bulk orders by the 50 and 100 metre spools.