How does one get that "Brushed" finished look

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Nearpsited3, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Nearpsited3

    Nearpsited3 New Friend

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    I have a raw brass trumpet and I love the way the brushed finish looks on other horns. Is there anyway i could possibly do that myself, or is that something that MUST be done professionally?
     
  2. mimic

    mimic Pianissimo User

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    I don't know anything about finishing a horn myself but I'll share this. I just ordered a Calicchio 1s/7 from John Duda and asked for the "scratched" raw brass finish. John said he first would have to polish the raw brass before doing the scratch finish. Hope this helps.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    There are wire brushes for this. Yes, you can also brush yours. Will it come out similar? After enough years of practice, yes.

    What do you need?

    WIRE BRUSH WHEELS (usahardware.com)

    The number that comes up on how coarse or fine is "120". I think that is the same unit of measurement as grit sandpaper.
     
  4. Nearpsited3

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    So would i have to polish it with brasso or something b4 i "brush" it then let it patina?
     
  5. rowuk

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    If you are going to let it tarnish anyway, you just need the brush.
     
  6. gzent

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    You don't need to do anything first. Once the brass is free of any significant lacquer you just start rubbing on it with an abrasive pad. I use the green 3M scouring pads and cut them into the lengths I need. You don't need any experience to do this by hand, just elbow grease and patience. When you get the pattern you like you are done.

    Use an industrial strength degreaser if you are going to lacquer.
    If not, just clean the horn, dry it and rub it with a mineral oil to keep it from tarnishing.

    Greg
     
  7. Solar Bell

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    Exactly the way Leigh McKinney does it at Eclipse.

    Here is my Eclipse featuring scratched and unscratched (bright) gold plate.

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  8. SJORDO

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    I agree with the 3M scotch brite dish pads. I recently stripped the lacquer and gave three of my horns the brushed finish. They look great! Just take your time it was really easy.
     
  9. RUFocused

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    SB, that is Beautiful!!!

    Near, 3M it Baby!!! Oh yeah!....Go in the same direction.

    Cheers,
    Jason
     
  10. VetPsychWars

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    Just a word of warning, make very sure that's what you want, because once you do it, you can't go back.

    Tom
     

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