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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by 12erlgro, Dec 21, 2010.
The answer is Baking Soda!
Use Zeus Trumpet Polish, works nicely, google it.
Before I sold my silver plated Bach I picked up some Silvo (like brasso but for silver) worked amazing! brought the shine right back and so looked brand new, I believe its one of those harsh abrasives but im sure once every year or so would be alright
No question is stupid as every question begs an answer.
My question is simple: Is your trumpet one with a shiny finish or matte, brushed or beaded?
Hard to force a shiny finish on matte, brushed or beaded finishes.
I expect you will find a solution with all the good advice given by others.
Remove valves and soak breifly in white vinegar and aluminum foil, rinse and dry thoroughly. Re-lube and re-oil as you re-assemble. Such removes silver blackish oxidation regardless of whether instrument is originally shiny, matte, beaded or brushed.
Tarn-X works chemically, not with abrasive. It works very fast. It's powerful, so you have to read the instructions and be careful with it.
I've just tried the salt solution with aluminium foil soak on my silver Yamaha and following a rinse in fresh water the tarnish easily rubs off with a soft cloth.
It looks like new again, well almost.
I'm still never clear on which is better with the aluminum foil method. Baking soda or table salt. Ideas?
Also, an earlier post for valves with aluminum and white vinegar -first I've heard of that one. Anyone have experience -comments? Thanks.
I've heard that using both at the same time is most effective. I've tried it and it really works. The reaction happens very fast. I've seen extremely tarnished horns go through this and come out looking like new in a matter of minutes.