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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by anthony, Nov 4, 2013.
Does a mixog salt and aluminum clean tarnished silver mouthpieces. Thanks Anthony
I don't know, but it certainly brings out the zing in chili!
Tarnish is only an aesthetic problem as it's self-limiting and actually protects the metal beneath.
Don't use table salt (sodium chloride)
Try this link Remove Tarnish from Silver
I use baking soda with aluminum foil and hot water.
I'd get a silver cloth, such as those specifically for silver-plated brass instruments, just to be on the safe side. I cleaned up a tarnished cornet and 2 heavily tarnished Vincent Bach mouthpieces with one, and was surprised at the results.
What's wrong with TarnX?
Boiling the mouthpiece in salt water with tin foil will pull all the tarnish off. What makes polished silver look so cool are the the tiny scratches that hold tarnish, so yeah, those silver polishing cloths work great and get better as they turn black.
Remember that silver plated trumpets and mouthpieces are three dimensional. Clean the tarnish from the top surface and the rest will look cool.
I use the baking soda/aluminum foil to clean up old mouthpieces--but you need to remember that it doesn't clean the throat or the backbore. You still need to use a brush for that. And believe it or not I have found that a little tooth paste on the brush makes the job easier and leaves the mouthpiece "minty fresh".
It takes some of the silver with it.
Add salt for conduction and make sure the silver piece is touching the foil. The hotter the water the better.