Partial re laquering

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

    Apr 17, 2009
    Winnipeg Canada
    OK, I have found the laquer has been worn off my cornet valve casings. No surprise here. I want to spray something on to protect my hands as well as the raw brass.
    Is there any surface preparation before I spray? Will any clear gloss laquer do the job?
    If the horn was in pristine condition, I would consider a professional re- laquering but it has been around, shall we say. ;-)
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    How about getting a valve guard? It'll protect your hands, the horn, and you won't have to worry about messing anything up.
  3. simso

    simso Pianissimo User

    Jul 1, 2009
    Australia, Perth
    Most harware stores sell an acrylic based lacquer suitable for brass, this will work fine in your instance. As far as prep work, polish buff and then soapy dishwashing clean, clean and clean again, then copius amounts of water to flush it and then no bare hands on the surface, ideally air dry the area with a hair dryer or something similiar. Lastly make sure when spraying the lacquer out of the can that the air temp is no lower than 22 deg C, if it is you may get a milkiness to the lacquer, once again you can use the hair dryer to warm up a cardboard box and do it in that
  4. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    I have read that putting the bottle of spray lacquer in warm water first helps make it spray a finer mist. I have not tried this though.
  5. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I just bought a product called ProtectaClear which they claim creates a lighter, thinner coating than lacquer but is more protective. I have only played with it a couple of times so far and have not really tested how well it holds up. It may be worth a try, though.

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