care for Gold finish

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

  1. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

    Nov 2, 2003
    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.


  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    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

    Oct 24, 2003
    Next to the Volcano
    I would shy away from Brillo Pads :lol:
  4. DrunkIQ

    DrunkIQ Pianissimo User

    Nov 21, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    At some point you may get a black spot on the horn. Use a tad of flitz to remove it from the inflicted area.



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  5. hose

    hose Pianissimo User

    Oct 31, 2003
    Orlando FL
    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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