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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Kolotrpt, Sep 11, 2010.
I was wondering what the best way to strip laquer from a standard brass horn. any tips?
What type of lacquer? How old is the horn?
it is no older that from the seventies and i dont know what kind of laquer. its simple brass colored if that helps
This thread from the Trombone forum has some info.
I should have looked here first. This thread on TM from 2007 has a lot of good info. I am also interested in how to remove lacquer as I have an old Bugle that I would like to redo the lacquer on after I get the dents out.
I did this once with an old horn. I used boiling water, which made the lacquer peel right off.
Depending on age of horn several methods may have to be tried, boiling water will take off nitrocellulose lacquer, more modern finishes will require a more agressive chemical stripper such as available at hardware or auto paint suppliers. Some modern finishes are almost impossible to remove short of mechanical abrasion.
Search the forum, there are plenty of threads on this topic.
Ferree's sells a product called cold strip. It's made for stripping lacquer. Brush it on, wait 6 minutes and flush it off with water. Item number Z22 in their catalogue
Thank you all for your suggestions! how exactly would you go about using boiling water to remove the laquer?
Here are a couple of previous threads related to this issue. There are many others if you care to search. I have tried this on numerous trumpets of different ages and brands (though nothing newer than about 15 years old) and it has always worked. But, it may be that the newer epoxy coatings are impervious.