Goodbye lacquer

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Kantza, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Kantza

    Kantza Pianissimo User

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    Seems like my horn doesn't like my hands, after only 5 months I'm through the lacquer on two spots.
    I'm talking about a brass lacquered horn, the spots are light green now.
    It's on the bottom of the bell tubing where my left index finger touches the horn and also on the front of the 3rd valve casing where I wrap my other fingers around it.

    It's only getting worse, I'm thinking off adhering some tape over it to protect it.
    But I'll like to first remove the green spots, or is this not necassery?

    Whill this eventually make a hole in my trumpet this way :-??

    Regards
     
  2. trumpetsplus

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    To cover over the bare brass I would clean very thoroughly, dry, and then apply clear nail polish. In theory, yes you could wear right through the tubing, but not, in normal usage, during your lifetime. Hey, that doesn't make sense - I haven't heard of post mortem damage to trumpets!
     
  3. Kantza

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    Hello Ivan,
    I was just wondering, can the green stuff be removed without needing any sort of chemicals?
    I've heard of the nail polish lacquer fix but I'ld not like to apply it over the green stuff.

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  4. VetPsychWars

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    I did just that, Ivan... wore through the knuckle that leads to the bell tube. Took about 5 years.

    You should see what I do to the blued finish on a pistol....

    Tom
     
  5. trumpetsplus

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    Just clean down to bare metal with a very mild abrasive cleaner, degrease and dry. Then nail polish.
     
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    And we have it on good authority that you are still of this world!
     
  7. stumac

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    You could also try rubbing the spot with a soft cloth moistened with white vinegar, works on my raw brass horns.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  8. Kantza

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    I could remove the green stuff by scratching it with my a creditcard (without damaging the lacquer).
    I'll see if it comes back fast, and if so, I'll stick some transparant tape on it :)

    Thanks for the comments
     
  9. Clarkvinmazz

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    you should clean the brass with car polish- its non abrasive, so as well as cleaning the raw brass it actually shines the lacquer as well. i prefer nu-finish. then use the clear nail polish, not only does it look and feel better than tape, it also wont possibly affect the way the trumpet plays.
     
  10. Tomaso

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    Kantza, you're in good company. Miles Davis's trumpets all lost their lacquer - and seemingly all over; valves, bell, crooks, etc - spotty and awful-looking.
    Made me wonder what he did with those Committees when he was at home.
    Didn't seem to hurt his playing any.

    Like that old joke:
    "Do you read music?"
    "Not enough to hurt my playing."
    (That's a Zoot Sims line I think.)
     

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