Gold Plating Care

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  1. samdaman

    samdaman Pianissimo User

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    Hello all!!
    I was wondering what ideas/techniques people use for gold plating care??? I just purchased a gold plated Schilke E3L and was wondering what ways people use to extend the life of their gold plating? Thanks!!!
     
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Hagerty's makes a gold polish. It might be called jeweler's rouge. Blue bottle with white writing. I use that on my Schilke XA1 Cornet.
    It is a liquid that you rub on then let dry then rub off. Works wonders.
     
  3. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    The great thing about gold plate is that you do not need to do anything to it.

    Wipe it clean and put it away.


    -cw-
     
  4. Bay Area Brass

    Bay Area Brass Piano User

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    I have a gold horn-all you need to do is wipe it down after using it and perhaps run it under some H2O if needed. Assuming you clean your horn on a regular basis (the inside that is) in some soapy water that is all you need to do. One advantage of gold is no maintenance.
     
  5. loudog

    loudog Piano User

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    Don't Polish It!
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I just wipe the horn down with windowcleaner about once a week (no polish). It's cheap and the gold gets that really rich color back
     
  7. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    That is also the advice given to me by Roy Lawler and Leigh McKinney.

    Just don't use an ammonia based window cleaner.


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  8. forrest

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    I rinse with warm water and then "pat dry" with a quality microfiber towel.

    Rubbing is the last thing you want to do.
     

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