Yellow brass generally has good corrosion resistance, moderately high strength, and good ductility. It is typically available in a variety of forms, including rods, bars, and sheets. Products frequently made from yellow brass include door handles, locks and hinges, and some architectural, plumbing, and electrical components.
Brass can be cleaned by using a solution of 50% lacquer thinners and 50% water to remove dirt, grime, fingerprints, and traces of oxidation. When cleaning brass, clean only with the direction of the grain, rather than against the grain. Use a lint-free cloth to clean the surface, then rinse the metal, and finally wipe dry with another clean, lint-free cloth.