Bronze Bell Maintenance advice

We recommend some periodic maintenance on bronze bells.

The above bell is a finely polished bronze bell.  This is the standard bell patina when you receive your new bell unless you order one with an oxidized patina. This bell has been polished every few months with a metal polish to maintain its shine.

This bell had an oxidized patina applied when it was made.  The letters tops were left unpolished. She has lived outside on a dock by the ocean for a couple of decades.


For a polished bell, if you prefer your bell to stay shiny, we find Noxon metal polish #7 to be the best. Every few months should do it. If you choose not to polish, your bell will turn a nice bronze-y brown over time.  (example below)


If your bell is outside or in a salty environment, to prevent rust buildup on the clapper wire, periodically rub some oil on the stem and also on the loop the clapper is hanging on. Alternatively, paint the clapper wire and loop with an oil based rust prevention coating, such as Rust-Oleum paint. Check every so often to see if you need to re-apply.

Fine grade bronze wool (NOT steel wool) can be used to remove surface stains and buildup. Do not use steel wool as they are not compatible metals. Steel wool bits left on the bell can interact with bronze and can cause a rust issue over time.


Polished bronze M19 bell


This is the same polished bronze bell which has been outside by the sea for at least 20 years. The owner has chosen to not maintain the polished bronze and allowed the bell to naturally tarnish to this beautiful bronze-y brown.


Customizable Heirloom Bronze Bells Differences between bronze and brass
Ship, Heirloom & Anniversary Bells Lettered or plain
4 3/4" and smaller Bronze Bells and Hand Bells  Lettered or plain


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