Polish for nickel plating

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by operagost, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. operagost

    operagost Forte User

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    Does anyone have suggestions for polishing nickel-plated cornets? I definitely want to avoid anything that could damage it. The two products I've heard recommended for nickel plating on auto parts and firearms are Flitz and Metal Glo, but I don't know if this would be appropriate for an Austrian-made cornet that may be actually "German silver".
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    As far as I know, "German Silver" (Neusilber to the Germans) and nickel are one and the same, at least when it comes to polishing. Pass auf, aber, if your instrument is laquered, just use a soft cloth. If unlaquered, then your basic brass or silver polish will work fine. Shine it up and play the puppy.

    Have fun!
     
  3. Leblanc fan

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    A friend of mine has a chinese nickle plated cornet and the instructions that came with his was to use AMONIA FREE glass cleaner. It has a lacquer spray over the nickle silver and the amonia will eat the lacquer, apparently. It seems to do a very good job. He has had the horn for 2 years, is an everyday player of his and it still looks like new.

    Chris
     
  4. operagost

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    If it ever had any, the lacquer wore off of this one many decades ago. It's now rather rough, but mostly intact, nickel plating. I tried some of Hagerty's silver polish on a bottom cap to see what it could do-- which wasn't much. It may be too far gone, which is fine because it still looks a lot better to me than a leprous gold-lacquered old horn. It has character! :D
     
  5. plp

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    Most nickel silver instruments are actually lacquered, so anything you would use on a lacquered instrument will work.

    These days I use plain old carnuba wax, but I have heard everything from Pledge (which looks really good on regular lacquer) to just wiping with a silicone cloth.
     
  6. gzent

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