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    Cleaning/shining brass

    My bugler student's mom wants to make the old bugle look nice. I've only ever maintained a finish, not had to fix anything. (As in, I wipe my instrument with a cloth and that's it.) What can I advise her to do that would be safe? She does not want to pay for professional cleaning/polishing.
    Christine *The mom* to 7 kids

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    Re: Cleaning/shining brass

    On raw brass, Wright's brass polish and a soft cotton cloth work wonders for me. It's quick and easy.

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    Re: Cleaning/shining brass

    Mothers (brand name) Mag and Aluminum Polish from the auto parts store is the best stuff I have ever used on raw brass. Just use and old T shirt and polish away until it starts to shine and then use a second clean shirt to buff the remainder off.

    After that you can wipe it down with some pledge to keep it from tarnishing so fast.

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    Re: Cleaning/shining brass

    Yes, Wright's markets a specific polish for brass separate from their silver polish. Boy Scout amd U.S. Regulation M1892 bugles were originally raw brass. In addition to cloths I use an old soft toothbrush to get in the tubing crevices. With due diligence the owner could do as well as most professional services. Too, I'd definitely and highly recommend a long soaking bath in Dawn dish detergent and a half cup of white vinegar as to follow with the acquisition of a trumpet cleaning snake and its usage. I'm still concerned about the tuning slide as pulls toward the mouthpiece. If it is stuck do not force it, as such is a task is best left to a professional tech who has the proper tooling and experience to get it loosened safely. I should believe the cost would be minimal.

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    Re: Cleaning/shining brass

    My wife bought some citric acid for cleaning her brass candle holders - 1 minute and they were spotless. I diluted that stuff 50% and put horn parts in for a minute or two - spotless. I rinsed very thoroughly to prevent it eating through. Awesome stuff and biologically safe!
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