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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Chandelier Bobeche Replacement – FAQ’s

As one of the largest UK stockist’s of vintage and antique chandelier replacement parts we obviously get a lot of calls asking for guidance when choosing a replacement chandelier part.  This article covers the most frequently asked questions when choosing replacment bobeche.

Q.  Are the bobeche on your website reproduction or genuine antique parts
A.  We specialise in antique chandelier parts but we do sell new chandelier parts – please do not worry about ordering a new part in error these are shown in a totatally separate area of the website.

Q. What dimensions do I need to know before I start searching for a replacement bobeche?
A.  It is important to know the size of the centre hole to ensure that the replacement bobeche will fit over your chandelier arm and sit correctly.  You also need to know the overall dimension of the bobeche – it may not be too much of an issue if it differs by a few millimetres but you do not want a replacement that is significantally smaller or larger.

Q. I have found a bobeche on your website but it has less pin-holes than mine – can you drill more pin holes for me?
A.  This will depend on the design and age of the replacement bobeche, please email us, info@kingschandeliers.co.uk, quoting the item product reference detailing the number of pin holes you need and we will be able to advise if this is one we can modify for you.  Please note that there is a charge for modifications and are subject to terms and conditions

Q.  The centre hole on my bobeche is larger/smaller than the one on your website – can this be modified?
A.  In some instances this can,  please email us, info@kingschandeliers.co.uk, quoting the item product reference detailing the number of pin holes you need and we will be able to advise if this is one we can modify for you.  Please note that there is a charge for modifications and are subject to terms and conditions.

Q. Do you stock multiples of bobeche designs or just singles?
A. Where possible we will try to restore chandeliers rather than sell off the parts so usually it is limited to small numbers which will show on our website however the listings are updated regularly so if you find one that is suitable but it is showing out of stock we will not normally be able to give a restock date but would suggest keeping an eye on our site.

Q. Are chandelier bobeche known by any other names?
A. There are numerous names used within the industry for bobeche, these include grease pan, wax catcher, drip trays.Q. Are your replacement chandelier parts available on next day delivery?

Q. Is next day delivery available on chandelier replacement parts?
A. Currently our antique stock is excluded from next day delivery, if you need an item by a certain date please contact us between 10 am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 01026332938

If you have any questions I may have missed please feel free to contact me info@kingschandeliers.co.uk where we will be happy to respond.

 

 

 

 

King’s Chandelier Services Ltd have moved premises

Andrew and Nichola would like to wish you a Happy New Year and apologise for the lapse in our blogs but we do have a genuine reason.  King’s Chandelier Services Ltd has now moved to larger premises which will allow our company and product ranges to expand.

2013 will see the expansion of our chandelier restoration ranges, antique chandelier stocks previously held in storage added to our website and some exciting projects that will be announced during the course of the year.

Now we are settled in at our new premises we aim to resume our blogs with our hints and tips to assist you in your chandelier restoration and chandelier cleaning projects. 

If we haven’t covered a topic that is of particular interest to you please email us at info@kingschandeliers.co.uk and we will do our best to assist and if appropriate include on our blog.

Visit www.kingschandeliers.co.uk for all your chandelier restoration and lighting projects.