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    Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    So... I've been reading a lot about how to care for a raw brass horn, and am now thoroughly confused; polish vs don't polish, using home remedies vs. Brasso and other commercial cleaners.

    I'm nearing the purchase of a very valuable, vintage, raw brass horn, and don't want to screw it up. Yet, would like to clean it up a bit, bringing some luster back to its lovely curves.

    What suggestions do you all have for the best way to clean, spiff up, and preserve a fine looking instrument?

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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Quote Originally Posted by DezynGuy View Post
    What suggestions do you all have for the best way to clean, spiff up, and preserve a fine looking instrument?
    My suggestion is to plate it in silver or gold!

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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Quote Originally Posted by DezynGuy View Post
    So... polish vs don't polish, using home remedies vs. Brasso and other commercial cleaners.
    What suggestions do you all have for the best way to clean, spiff up, and preserve a fine looking instrument?

    many thanks,
    I heard brasso can literally eat away at the brass, but I'm not too sure about that!

    Well I have a raw brass trumpet and many people have told me to use MAAS polish on it. I will shine it up, and keep it shinny for a while. But you will have to keep applying it and applying it and applying it and etc..... whenever the luster fades away. I have to agree with Solar Bell, with his advice, the luster will stay preserved!
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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Another suggestion is Flitz: Flitz Metal, Plastic, & Fiberglass Polish

    Follow that up with a paste car wax. Works great!

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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Car wax...that is a new one. In thinking about it, it just might do the job, even on lacquered horns.
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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Quote Originally Posted by Bach219 View Post
    I heard brasso can literally eat away at the brass, but I'm not too sure about that!
    Anyone else have input on this? Other remedies that will not eat away at my horn?
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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Right off the Material Safety Data Sheet, here are the ingredients in "Brasso"

    1) PETROLEUM DISTILLATE (STODDARD
    SOLVENT)

    2) DESULFURIZED PETROLEUM DISTILLATE

    3) SILICA, CRYSTALLINE

    4) KAOLIN

    5) OLEIC ACID

    6) AMMONIUM HYDROXIDE

    There's only 2-3% each of the oleic acid (weak organic acid) and ammonium hydroxide (ammonia). I think the main ingredients of silica and kaolin (clay), which are abrasives, would be more of a concern as far as wear on your horn.

    Maybe using Brasso very infrequently when the horn needs a real cleaning, then a wax (Butcher's paste wax or even automotive wax) to keep that just cleaned look?

    Solar Bell suggestion of plating/lacquering is looking better and better.

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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    I'm surprised that Solar Bell didn't mention this, but they make silicone impregnated cloths which are marketed to gun afficionados for wiping down their pieces after use. These remove fingerpirnts and leave behind a film of corrosion protecting silicone. Should be great for raw brass (lacquer is questionable), as long as the horn doesn't become too slippery. Come to think of it - what is more risky, a slippery gun or a slippery horn?
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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    Quote Originally Posted by Bach219 View Post
    I heard brasso can literally eat away at the brass, but I'm not too sure about that!

    Well I have a raw brass trumpet and many people have told me to use MAAS polish on it. I will shine it up, and keep it shinny for a while. But you will have to keep applying it and applying it and applying it and etc..... whenever the luster fades away. I have to agree with Solar Bell, with his advice, the luster will stay preserved!
    I use MAAS, lasts long time after polishing. The reason people lacquer the horns is it is like a polished horn that does not tarnish. Sort of a clear finish on polished brass.
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    Re: Care and Feeding of Raw Brass Horn

    My Lawler C is raw brass. I've used Wright's brass polish on in a LONG time ago. It was amazing! I haven't used it since then, though. I can't remember when I did it. Sorry!
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