Thursday, August 25, 2022

When to Replace Bronze Bushings?

closeup image of bronze bushings

With so many different options available for bushings, it can leave you questioning which one is the best choice. But when it comes to finding a durable solution that is strong, won’t rust, and will surpass your expectations of a lifespan, you will want to choose bronze bushings.

To keep them working as well as intended, you are going to need to perform the necessary maintenance to boost their longevity. Unfortunately, sometimes that just isn’t enough. Keep reading to find out when to replace bronze bushings.

About Bronze Bushings

Bronze bushings (or bronze bearings) are used to protect parts from wear and tear, as well as reduce vibrations, noise, and shock loads. They also improve the efficiency of the part as a whole. Although there are many different sizes of bronze bushings based on the application, they are still small - yet integral to the success of the unit. Bronze bushings can be created using sintered bronze or cast bronze, allowing them to be useful in many different types of applications. In fact, they can be found in just about every industry. Bronze bushings are used in car engines, bicycles, stage lighting, kitchen appliances, escalators, fishing reels, hydraulic cylinders, ATMs, printer rollers, dental/medical tools, and in so many other ways.

Advantages of Using Bronze Bushings

Why choose bronze bushings? Well, in a nutshell, they are:
Corrosion-resistant and will not rust. Sturdy and hard, making them able to handle pressure without changing shape. Able to handle high temperatures without losing their shape. Resistant to friction. Most importantly, bronze bushings are long-lasting. The quality and durability that come with these types of bushings mean that the frequency at which they will need to be replaced will be reduced - and that’s quite the benefit.

When to Replace Bronze Bushings

Bronze itself can last for hundreds of years with very little maintenance. But, to keep your bronze bushing working effectively it needs to be oiled or greased regularly so that it remains lubricated at all times. This deters corrosion and reduces the wear and tear of the component because it minimizes friction between the two parts.
With some applications, you may never have to replace bronze bushings. This is especially true for those that are well maintained with lubrication and not pushed beyond their ability. However, there are some applications that can push the limits of these bushings, regardless of their incredible strength and durability. In these instances, keeping them greased and maintained will still give you a long lifespan, but they may need to be replaced at a faster rate. If you notice that the operation with the bushing is no longer quiet, smooth, and controlled, it could be time to replace it.

Bronze Bushings at Atlas Bronze

Whether you are looking for bronze bushings for a new project or to replace those you currently have, Atlas Bronze has exactly what you are looking for. We use many different casting methods, alloys, and sizes to meet any need. And our bronze experts can help you to determine just what that need is. Contact us today at (800) 478-0887. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

How to Clean a Bronze Plate

closeup of a bronze plate

Bronze is very commonly used in everyday items you will find around your house. And this includes your bronze plates. 

If your bronze has started to tarnish or turn green, don’t fret. There are a couple of easy steps you can take to clean your bronze plate and have it shining like new once again. 

What Causes Bronze to Tarnish? 

Many metals will corrode when they come into contact with certain substances - especially if it is over an extended period of time. Other metals, such as bronze, form a protective layer to cover them and prevent any further corrosion. 

Bronze is an alloy that has a composition consisting of a high level of copper. And copper is known for turning green over time. This outer layer of protection, known as patina, occurs when the metal’s molecules are exposed to air, liquid, or other elements. 

Long before you ever have a plate fully covered in patina, it is going to tarnish. Here’s how to clean it and keep it from making that change. 

How to Clean a Bronze Plate

Are you ready to know what the secret is to keeping your bronze plates clean and shining beautifully? You may be surprised, but it is just dish soap and water. Stick to basic dish soap without any extra frills. Wash your plate with soapy water and rinse it well. This will remove any excess dirt, debris, or grease. 

Let it dry completely.

Next, you are going to create a paste-like solution of baking soda and lemon juice. The idea is to drizzle on a small amount of lemon juice at a time until you form a paste. Then, when the bronze plate is dry, you are going to rub this mixture all over it. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Use a clean cloth to gently remove the paste from the bronze plate. This will leave it with a perfect shine. 

If you aren’t too keen on the baking soda and lemon idea, you can always place a couple of drops of olive oil on a soft rag and buff it into your plate to release its shine. 

Dangers to Avoid

For the most part, taking care of bronze plates is rather simple - but there are a couple of dangers you will want to avoid. Chloride is something found around pools and even in some popular cleaners. And while it may work beautifully for cleaning some things, it can be disastrous for bronze. It even has the capability of destroying the metal entirely. 

Metal polish and solvents can even lead to very terrible results. They don’t give you the results you are looking for and, in fact, can cause more harm than good. 

Stick to the easy bronze plate cleaning method above and you will maintain them for years to come. 

Atlas Bronze for Your Bronze Metal Needs

If you are looking for bronze to meet the metal needs of your next project, Atlas Bronze has just what you are looking for. Our team of highly-skilled experts is available to help you with your purchase and answer any questions you may have. 

Contact us today at (800) 478-0887.