I live in a 1921 Chicago bungalow. I'm stripping the paint from all the original woodwork and attempting to restore the painted hardware as well. Finished the first door today and it looks amazing! Soaked all the hardware in a crock pot with dish detergent last night and all the paint came off beautifully. I'm now left with somewhat dull bronze/brass (?) hardware. The non-painted hardware (but not yet cleaned up) on the rest of the doors are a black metal. I'm assuming this is a natural oxidation of the metal. Will the metal I just cleaned up eventually return back to that darkened patina? It doesn't have any shine or sheen to it at all now. It's very dull. What should I do to finish this up before I put the hardware back up. It doesn't seem "finished" in the current state, but I can't find anything that tells me what to do with it after the crockpot bath soaks the paint off.
(Not looking for any suggestions to spray paint, etc. I'm trying to stick with the original finishes and looks. Thanks.)