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hjlong
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It depends on where you plan to display the bell and the wear and tear that it may experience. Most lacquers are quite hard and scratch and chip easily. The acrylics are softer and more durable. If you do lacquer it, use a spray lacquer. You will get a smooth, high gloss finish without the streaking of a brush or roller. Oil or water based products are useful on porous substances that absorb the water or oil but not on metal. You will need an alcohol based product that relies on evaporation. If the bell will be frequently touched or bumped, you will probably need to refinish it every year or two to avoid tarnish at sites of chipped lacquer. You may simply wish to leave it unfinished and buff it each month with Brasso like hotels do with brass/bronze sink fixtures.
HJLong, MD