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Using a brass brush on chrome irons

post #1 of 8
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I do not have chrome plated clubs and i use a brass brush to clean my irons. Works fine for me and i have never noticed any problem. A month ago i caddied for a lady who had KZG chrome finished irons and she told me 'do not use the brass brush on the irons, will rub off the chrome'. Is her thinking accurate?  Will the brush damage the chrome finish? Will a brass brush damage an ordinary iron face? 

post #2 of 8
I use a nylon brush to clean all my clubs. I'm not sure if a metal bristled brush will damage the clubs, but I don't see a need for them. The stiff nylon brushes work perfectly well.
post #3 of 8
No, it won't.
post #4 of 8

It could damage other finishes, and it could chip off a really bad plating job if it was already cracked or got damaged from bending, etc. But the dirt is more damaging than the brush imo. Nothing to worry much about.

post #5 of 8

that is accurate, i never use a brass brush for anything. use a nylon brush. it does the same thing, and it won't scratch the surface. overtime the brass brush will eat away at the finish of your pretty irons.

post #6 of 8
In pretty sure the myth about not using metal bristles has been debunked. Use what you want.
post #7 of 8

I usually use the nylon bristles but sometimes that isn't good enough. Have used the brass bristles occasionally and no problems to report. The nylon just doesn't clean the grooves all the time but he brass does. IMO of course.

post #8 of 8

Typical Brinell Hardness Numbers for Metals

Material Brinell Hardness Number
Soft brass 60
Mild steel 130
Annealed chissel steel 235
White cast iron 415
Nitrided surface 750

 Hard chrome plating is around 700 per one reference I looked up.  So brass is a lot softer and should not scratch.  However, the Mizuno site does say not the use brass.  I just use nylon because I hate the brass bristles jabbing into my fingers if I grab it the wrong way.

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