greasy fingerprint removal

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  1. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

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    I recently bought a GDR made rotary trumpet.It is a great horn but the all over the place are old greasy fingerprints on the bell section.I tried my microfiber cloth but ain't working.Is toothpaste good? Or is there another way to remove this?After cleaning I am definitely going to buy a hand guard.
     
  2. stumac

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    I assume it is raw brass, toothpaste will work, it will give it a nice taste, however I would use a good quality car polish, I use Turtle Wax Platinum, has a mild polish and will leave a protective coating to delay discoloring of the brass, it is safe to use on lacquered instruments as well.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  3. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

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    It's lacquered.
     
  4. stumac

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    Moisten a cloth with some dish washing liquid and rub on gently, wash off with warm not hot water, if this does not remove greasy fingerprints then use a polish, if fingerprints are under the lacquer then you will have to wear it.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  5. rettepnoj

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    Show us a picture, dude!
     
  6. Dennis78

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    Clean it off with above mentioned and then wash your hands before you play or order a chinese rotary and use the white gloves they send with it
     
  7. BrassBandMajor

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    Ok wait, I am a little busy, so just wait.
    I will post a picture soon.
     
  8. SteveRicks

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    Do not use toothpaste on lacquer. Other suggestions are good.
     
  9. Vulgano Brother

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    If the fingerprints are under the lacquer you'd have to remove the lacquer to get to them. Just consider them to be interesting.
     
  10. breakup

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    Are you sure they are greasy prints or are they the salt from perspiration, it might make a difference in how you clean them, and if they are under the lacquer you are stuck with them till you remove the lacquer.

    If they are under the lacquer, they are the prints of the last person to handle the horn before it was sprayed, just like a signature.
     

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