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Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by dkinyon31, Jan 7, 2018.
Has anyone had experience using Fliz Polish on lacquer trumpets?
If you're talking about Flitz metal polish, you don't want to use it on lacquer.
Only thing you need to polish laqure is a soft cloth
If your lacquer is starting to develop some spots, you could try spraying on just a little WD40 and wiping it with a soft cloth. This also works to get the dirt/spit/grease marks off, but if that's your only problem distilled water or glass cleaner. I use a "natural" glass cleaner because Windex still contains an ammonia compound, and I've been told ammonia damages some kinds of lacquer, so that works fine and doesn't leave any water spots.
I am a big fan of wax. I do use Renaissance Wax because it is non acidic. You could use a PURE Carnauba (no cleaners)..like Mothers. But why bother. I paid the $25 for the 200 ml jar. It will last forever. Its the best Wax on the planet. Developed for London Museum. You can use it on leather, or any metal. Once you clean silver it keeps it nice. I used on by Bach, Eterna, and silver Capri.
Wax is good on raw brass, but not needed on lacquer. Lacquer already performs the function of protecting the metal from touching. If the lacquer's intact, you just need to clean the dirt and grease from it. The renaissance wax is probably safe to use on top of the lacquer, and will offer additional protection, but it seems like overkill.
Yea. True. But once the lacquer clean, the Wax will help protect it from acidic/sweaty hands. It will keep the horn looking nice. Its really great though on silver instead of polishing. Pretty mandatory on horns that have been de-lacquered.
Flitz is a great universal polish and cleaner, in my unprofessional opinion I think its amazing for raw brass. I have the spray cleaner, which when combined with a brush cleans out tubes very well, though you NEED TO clean it with soapy water afterwards because it smells horrid and I haven't tested it but it might eat you horn (I have some scrap brass I'll soak in it and see). As for the polish, its great for brass, iron alloys, nickel, and copper. Pretty meh on silver though. I have used it on my York 75 since the repair shop accidentally ripped about 60% of the lacquer off of it hasn't attacked the lacquer. If you just want to clean the lacquer though, luke warm soapy water should do the trick. you could wax it afterwards as the others suggested.
I use both Flitz and Simichrome for polishing. Flitz seems less abrasive, but that's just my opinion. I've used it to polish metal and paint surfaces that I've smoothed out with 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
My horn guy uses it on valve pistons to improve operation if there is oxide on them. Very safe. As mentioned, probably less abrasive then simichrome