How to make a silver trumpet nice and shiny

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by codyb226, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

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    Hey TM'ers. I just got a Yamaha 6340ST, pictures soon, and I want to make it very shiny. I mean like brand new shiny. It looks good now but I just want that extra shine to it. Any thing you tell me will be more then I already know.

    Thanks!
     
  2. rowuk

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    When silver has many fine scratches, only polishing it will remove them. Hagertys silver polish is safe enough for amateurs to use.
     
  3. bumblebee

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    Hi Rowuk, do you mean silver horn, or silver-plated horn? I've never used silver polish on my silver-plated horn...

    What I have done is put my trumpet with an aluminium foil sheet in a bath of very warm salty water for 20 minutes, rinsed, then vigourously dried down with a microfibre cloth (while trying not to put too much strain on joints, or dent the bell etc.)

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    I used Goddards Silver Polish on my silver plated Tenor horn for 20 years (about 3 times a year). Always good finish and no wear caused. Looked like new when I sold it on.
     
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    I thought silver polish would work but I was not sure. How does the aluminum foil work?
     
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    It creates a galvanic reaction which ionically separates out the silver sulphide tarnish, and if the conditions are right the free silver rebonds with the silver on the horn (which initially isn't fully shiny/reflective, so you need to buff it).

    I found this which describes the process for silverware:
    How to Clean 925 Silver | eHow.com

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    I actually understood that, thanks. Is there and side effects if left in too long? What do you soak the trumpet in, your bathtub?
     
  8. tobylou8

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    This is probably the right size for your horn.

    6" Deep Full Size Stainless Hotel Pan, Each

    Overkill? Maybe. Effective? OH YEAH!! It can also be used to "boil" away old lacquer on nasty vintage horns.
     
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    Even if I am careful, would that scratch the plating?
    I was thinking a plastic tote so there is no way to scratch it.
     
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