Safely Covering Finish Wear.

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  1. Stradbrother

    Stradbrother Pianissimo User

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    Hey guys, I just have a question about saving your hands when it comes to getting a plated horn with finish wear.

    I recently got a horn with some silver wear around the valve casing and regular hand holding areas. My hands never really wore any finish away from my horns, so I didnt really have any experience with dealing with finish wear.

    The big issue here is the raw brass and/or tarnish really irritates my skin and makes it really hard to hold the horn.

    I know a valve guard could solve this problem on the casing, but other areas that are worn, what can I do about that?

    I heard of a few people that used clear nail polish to cover their worn away parts. Does anyone recommend that?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Unless you want to re-plate, that is the way I'd go. It won't really protect the horn much (check out the tarnish underneath after a while) but it may well serve to protect you.
     
  3. fels

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    Back in high school i had a spot of lacquer failure - clear nail polish worked great. but i have never been much for appearance.
     
  4. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

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    Ditto for clear nail varnish. The coloured ones tend to attract adverse comment.
     
  5. tobylou8

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    I wore a glove for awhile.
     
  6. Dale Proctor

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    Did the glove come with the horn?...:lol:
     
  7. tobylou8

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    I knew that was coming!! ROFL
    The answer is no, it's a Getzen!
     
  8. Dennis78

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    So long as you are not worried about appearance you could use polyurethane
     
  9. Dale Proctor

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    If you REALLY like the horn, the best fix is to have it replated.
     
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Just put a bandaid over the wound on the instrument. It will "pad" those areas of great contact, protect you, are easy to remove, don't dampen vibration and don't flake off. It would also remind you of the blemish and perhaps motivate you to get the horn fixed more sooner than later!
     

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