Removing Tarnish

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by BachM, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    With a little table salt, baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil (in hot water) you can do this yourself for pennies.
     
  2. BachM

    BachM Pianissimo User

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    Well, since I'm having it cleaned and stuff, I'll just get them to do it while it's there.
     
  3. Branson

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  4. BachM

    BachM Pianissimo User

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    Does it work good?
     
  5. SteveRicks

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    Bach M,

    Realize that you will have to keep carrying the horn in to get "de tarnished" so I would suggest learning to do it yourelf. Try silver polish if you like. Wal mart. wrights, Hargerty, Flitz, -all fine. As Dale indicates, it isn't like your going to hurt the horn using polish every so often. Live to 200- maybe. Or, try the Baking Soda aluminum chemistry method mentioned by Doc- perfectly safe. Point being, unless you have money to burn, learning to polish the horn yourself is something that is just part of being a trumpet player. Jericho also has a good point at wiping down the horn with a polish cloth after each use. That will greatly extend time between formal polishings.
     
  6. jimc

    jimc Mezzo Piano User

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    I use the washing soda/aluminum foil in hot water trick to reverse the silver oxidation (sulfation?) on badly tarnished horns. 'Barn finds' that are new to me in other words. After that I use Hagerty's silver polish, both to finish the recovery job, and for annual maintenance. Caveat: I am not a tech, nor a particularly good trumpet player! But my silver horns look good.
     

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