We are often in the midst of several big projects at once, and even so constantly find ourselves stuck waiting for weather or parts. We fill this "downtime" with little projects here and there. Frank has an obsession with shiny brass, which we have a lot of on Moitessier. When we first moved aboard, a lot of it had been let go and was dull and tarnished. He has been slowly tackling it piece by piece, and often when I am in our bedroom on the computer, I can hear him shining away. He's been using MAAS Metal Polish to shine it up, which we swear is hands down the best polish we've used. A little goes a long way, and it's even French lavender scented...hmmm how decadent. To keep the shine and prevent him from having to re-polish, he's been using a protective coating called Protecta Clear from Everbrite Inc. This is a clear finish that goes on thin and prevents oxidation on brass. It lasts a long time, we've heard up to 10 years, but we will see. Some of the first things he tackled with it are still gleaming after a year and I must admit that I sure love shiny things.