What's the best way to take care of vintage lacquer?

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  1. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

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    Just like the title says.
     
  2. stumac

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    I use a good quality wax furniture polish or car wax.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  3. gmonady

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    Send that 49/50 Super Recording recently added in your signature line over the past day up to me in Ohio, and I will personally wipe it for you with doctor spit and my microfiber towel.
     
  4. Recursion

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    ...and I will respectfully acquiesce in its travels to Florida for topping that off with attorney spit (much thicker than doctor spit) to provide you with years of shiny protection!
     
  5. gzent

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    Never, ever do a chem clean, a "sonic" clean or even use hot water on it. Any of those things can make the finish fall off.
    I would only use a mild dish soap for cleaning and never let any other chemical touch it.
     
  6. Bochawa!!!

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    I suppose my teacher spit would probably strip the finish right off it. Best not send it anywhere near Toronto.
     
  7. Vulgano Brother

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    Those old lacquers are amazingly sturdy, but if you have highly acidic hands and practice the horn a lot you might wish to consider using a pair of white Chinese gloves at home.
     
  8. Bochawa!!!

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    Actually, I wear light-weight cotton gloves, that I purchase at the drug store, whenever I handle my vintage Connies. My players, a 1927 2B and a 1950 28B, are raw brass so I don't worry about them. I do swab the leadpipe and tuning slide after every time I play them.
     
  9. gzent

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    Now that's dedication to clean!:-)
     
  10. gmonady

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    Not if it's diluted with beer! I read your signature line sir.
     

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