What to clean spots on a trumpet bell with?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by chrisryche, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. chrisryche

    chrisryche New Friend

    Oct 26, 2009
    Starke, FL
    I have several spots on the inside of my trumpet bell (probably from condensation allowed to settle while in the case) but I cannot remove them with a simple polish cloth. The bell is silver plated brass. Any suggestions on how to remove these spots without ruining the silver finish?
  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

    Nov 8, 2006
    Greenfield WI
    Hegerty's Silver Foam would be a good choice. Follow instructions to the letter.

  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Place it in a HOT water bath, lined in Aluminum foil. Add several table spoons of baking soda, a teaspoon or two of table salt, and give it a half hour. That should do it.

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  4. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Silver polishing cloth used gently is another less involved option.
  5. chrisryche

    chrisryche New Friend

    Oct 26, 2009
    Starke, FL
    Thanks for the advise guys. Well I went to Wal-Mart last night and bought some Weiman silver polish and that seems to have done the trick. The finish is still not perfect but it is greatly improved.
  6. peanuts56

    peanuts56 Pianissimo User

    Jan 18, 2009
    Toothpaste has always worked well for me. Be sure to use a toothpaste that has no grit in it. Amway Glister is one that I have used. Makes the horn smell nice too!
  7. BustedChops

    BustedChops Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 1, 2011
    Baking soda is the least toxic and most reasonable thing to use. You breathe on that thing...you don't want petrol based stuff or toxic chemicals. The aluminum baking soda is really effective...It will look new again.

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