Protecting Brushed Raw Brass

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by RUFocused, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. RUFocused

    RUFocused Pianissimo User

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    Hello All,
    I just put a brushed finish on my Ambassador's bell and leadpipe.... Looks awesome! When i was done i rubbed it down with babyoil/ bodyoil. I works good, but even with me wipping down the horn everytime I play it, fingerprints show up. I am very careful to only touch the horn with a micro-cloth when putting it away.
    Would a silicon (SP) impreg. cloth help protect the finish? or would it possibly "buff" out the tiny little brush finish?

    Any suggestions could help! Thank you

    Cheers,
    Jason
     
  2. stumac

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    Hi Jason,

    I have successfully used a water based polyurethane gloss varnish to protect a brushed finish, a thin coat applied with a soft brush is all it needs, dries hard with not too much gloss.

    the surface must be completly oil free before applying.

    Regards, Stuart
     
  3. RUFocused

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    Okay, so for a more perm. solution..... When applying the varnish, would a small foam brush be a good idea? Can you get the Varnish in matte finish?

    Also, is there any ideas that are not so permanent? I used to use Car wax, but can't stand the smell anymore.

    Cheers,
    Jason
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Once you have applied silicone to the outside, getting it clean enough to varnish is a royal pain. You need to find a solvent specifically designed to remove silicone.

    protection has to be tougher than the environmental influences. That sounds pretty permanent to me!
     
  5. stumac

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    Hi Jason,

    A silicone and wax remover will be available from any store that sells auto paints.

    A foam brush should be ok although I have had little experience with them.

    The product I have used is "JO SONJA'S Gloss varnish Polyurethane Water Based" Chroma Inc. USA Lititz PA17543, USA Tel 1 717 626 8866.

    It has not produced a hard gloss with 1 coat, subsequent coats may gloss more.

    I will try to post a photo of a sample tomorrow.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  6. RUFocused

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    Sounds good thank you!

    Cheers
    Jason
     
  7. stumac

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  8. stumac

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    Satin brass with water based polyurethane

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  9. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    It has to be a jpg file to appear on the site.

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    that's what stu was trying to show off
     
  10. Sofus

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    I KNOW Stu! He NEVER shows off!!:D


    Have you been doing some soldering work here yourself, Stu?
     

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