Restoring vintage items can be tricky. Vintage trailer restoration, for example, might require more skill than the average person has typically. The good news is that many classic items that can be found online and in flea markets can be display-worthy with a few tricks to make them look like they are in better condition than you found them. It might surprise you to know that some inexpensive products and household items can make a world of difference for your new-found treasure.
Have you ever noticed how old mirrors get cloudy? You can fix that very quickly without any special products. Simply use household white vinegar to clean the glass and remove the cloudy look. Voila! It becomes a mirror you can use and be proud of.
Vintage newspapers or newsmagazines from notable events in history are collectors’ items. Unfortunately, newsprint is very acidic and hard to keep in good condition without breaking down. There is a strange concoction you can make using Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia and club soda as a soak to neutralize the acid. You want to be sure that the publication isn’t stapled, or it will rust with this method.
If you find that there are Sharpie or ink stains on old leather, don’t give up. There are a few ways to address it and potentially save your item, blotch-free. Using a few items like Murphy Oil Soap, toothbrushes, shoe cream and erasers, you can remove those so-called permanent marks.
Vintage clothing with metal buttons, old catcher’s masks and other items with metal accents can be saved with a little elbow grease and a couple of easy to find products. Brasso and steel wool can brighten up old metal and make it look new again. There are also metal polishes that can clean and protect classic metals.
You don’t have to be a restoration expert to save your old treasures. Simply use some patience and ingenuity, and you’ll be able to enjoy your collectibles for a long time.