How to make a silver trumpet nice and shiny

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

  1. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    I have a large plastic storage container. Your water needs to be quite hot but it will cool down over the 15-20 minutes, at which point the reaction will slow right down or stop. If your water stays hot for much longer for some reason, and you have deep scratches or gaps in the silver plating there may be some unwanted reaction with the brass underneath - but it would hard to know just what since there are different brass alloys, and you may use different kinds of salt (sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate), and if you had a lot of salt you might find some salt residue building up on the horn which you'd then have to clean off.

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  2. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

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    How hot is the water suppose to be?
     
  3. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    Good stainless is probably best, but the plastic container I have is a hard-wearing type which doesn't get soft.

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  4. codyb226

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    That scares me, a lot...
     
  5. codyb226

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    I have one that is heavy duty and water proof, I think it could stand boiling water if it had to.
     
  6. bumblebee

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    Not sure exactly - I think mine ends up about 60 degrees Celsius.

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  7. tobylou8

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    Very close to boiling, 212 F.
     
  8. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

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    That is not super hot, about 140F
     
  9. bumblebee

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    Actually, now I think of it, the inside of my trumpet isn't plated, and I can see absolutely no sign of corrosion in the leadpipe or the removable slides. We're not talking acid bath treatment here...

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  10. codyb226

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    Maybe the temperature conversion gets lost overseas??
     

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