Can you repair silver plating wear?

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  1. duderubble

    duderubble Piano User

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    So if you have brass showing at the high wear areas, can you replate them with say a plug & plate kit? Or will it never match and just look worse?

    Of course I know replating is a (pricey), option.
     
  2. amzi

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    You can repair worn silver with a DIY kit, and you can get excellent results. But usually you have to do some practice before you really get the feel for the process.
     
  3. fraserhutch

    fraserhutch Mezzo Piano User

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    Is there such a kit for gold plate?
     
  4. amzi

    amzi Forte User

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    I know there are kits for gold and silver, and I believe kits are available for Copper and Nickel too. At least there were when I was doing a lot of work on firearms. You have to plate with copper before nickel, but the plain copper plating can be nice too. Remember to get a brush kit and not a dip kit for most touch-ups, but if you're plating entire parts you can get a dip plate kit. Caswell is still in business and they're the kits I'm familiar with.
     
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  5. fraserhutch

    fraserhutch Mezzo Piano User

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    Kewl, thanks!
     
  6. SteveRicks

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    I am very interested in this. several of my horns have worn areas areas on the silverplate. For instance, one of my Strads has a 6x12 mm worn strip across the leadpipe where I used to rest a finger. It also has the typical valve casing wear areas. Would one of these kits replate this? what would it look like afterward? Distinctly noticeable of a repair or not noticeable? Also, how well does the replated area hold up? will it last like the original plating? Thoughts and details appreciated.
     
  7. VetPsychWars

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    Since you asked, this is a job for a pro, in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't do it myself.

    Tom
     

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