care for Gold finish

Discussion in 'Horns' started by dizforprez, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

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    I just bought a used trumpet with a gold plating.

    Any tips etc. On how to care for this finish? It is my first gold plated horn.

    Thanks,

    Jason
     
  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    I recommend getting a microfiber cloth for wiping it down. That will help keep you from "rubbing the shine off". Just wash it once in a while with dish soap (not dishwasher soap), rinse "tap hot", let it dry. Do valves as you normally do.

    You'll find that oil/grease/finger marks tend to wipe off much easier than from silver but there is a tendency to go "AHA! JUST WIPE... NO MORE WASHING!". Caution: that'll slowly erode the gold finish which is softer than silver. Wash it instead... only takes a couple of minutes. Use 'forementioned microfiber cloth... you can get them at optometrist for cheap... used for cleaning plastic lenses.
     
  3. Thevor

    Thevor Pianissimo User

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    Next to the Volcano
    I would shy away from Brillo Pads :lol:
     
  4. DrunkIQ

    DrunkIQ Pianissimo User

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    At some point you may get a black spot on the horn. Use a tad of flitz to remove it from the inflicted area.

    enjoy!

    -marc

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  5. hose

    hose Pianissimo User

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    Mild soap and water is best . As posted above, gold is softer than silver and will wear faster. The less you rub it the better. I was told by a renowned trpt maker to use Glass Wax. I have used it and it works well for those stuborn blemishes. Glass Wax is also out of production, but some stores still might have it on their shelves.
     

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