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Cleaning and Repairing an Antique Mortise Door Lock

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Step 15: Secure the lock case.

The main lock body should be cast and fairly durable. The lock face is likely brass and is therefore easy to dent and even bend. Use a vise to hold the case body so you can clean the face, but do not over-tighten the vise or clamp directly to the brass face, or you will damage your lock.
 
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