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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jonathansedlacek, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. jonathansedlacek

    jonathansedlacek Pianissimo User

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    hi everyone
    is there any way to get the lacquer off of your trumpet if the finish is bad
    thanks
     
  2. jonathansedlacek

    jonathansedlacek Pianissimo User

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    specifically a bach strad
     
  3. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    Use some water and ammonia... Put it in a tray for about half an hour, and peel of the lacquer.
     
  4. jonathansedlacek

    jonathansedlacek Pianissimo User

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    will taking off the lacquer damage the trumpet in any way
     
  5. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    Nope, but your hands will smell and turn green after some hours of playing!
     
  6. jonathansedlacek

    jonathansedlacek Pianissimo User

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    hmmmmm thats not good
    is there any way to repair the lacquer
     
  7. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    Whether your hands turn green depends on your body chemistry. I am lucky in that I do not react at all. I have a number of bare brass horns and can play them for hours/months and neither I nor they change color.

    It is true that a stripped trumpet will require more maintenance even if you don't react. They will tarnish ("patina") over time so they must be periodically polished and waxed (this is to add a bit of protection). Some like the patina and just let them turn a dark color.

    Personally, for a trumpet of the quality of a strad, I would have it professionally stripped, prepped and re-lacquered. But, if that's not in the cards, you can leave the lacquer on that is there and polish the bare spots so the missing lacquer is barely visible.

    There are ways to re-apply a clear coat on the bare spots but before I go into all of that detail, give some additional details about where and how much lacquer is missing. Maybe a photo or two if you have them.
     
  8. jonathansedlacek

    jonathansedlacek Pianissimo User

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    ok i have a trumpet that is in bad shape but i am thingking about getting one thanks for all your help
     
  9. Bob Grier

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    There is a lacquer remover that I use and it works great. It's available from Ferree's band instrument repair tools co. It's a cold lacquer remover. You brush it on wait 6 minutes and rinse it off with water. The polish with brass polish.

    I think raw brass horns sound better than lacquered ones. I use a hand guard on all my horns.
     
  10. scrap

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    I Don't react with the brass really..but on particularly sweaty days (marching band season in SC so lately that's all of them) some of the tarnish will rub off on me. Though I haven't heard the same horn (tricolor olds special) with lacquer, I can definitely side with previous posts in saying that it has a very unique character.
     

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