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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Removing Tarnish in the General forums; Originally Posted by BachM How much would it cost to have someone do it? I do not like DIY stuff. ...
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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    Quote Originally Posted by BachM View Post
    How much would it cost to have someone do it? I do not like DIY stuff. I do not trust myself. I am a skeptic.
    With a little table salt, baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil (in hot water) you can do this yourself for pennies.
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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    Well, since I'm having it cleaned and stuff, I'll just get them to do it while it's there.

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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    I still use what Mr. Schilke recommended- Tarni-Shield

    Â*Â*Tarni-Shield™ Silver Polish
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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    Does it work good?

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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    Bach M,

    Realize that you will have to keep carrying the horn in to get "de tarnished" so I would suggest learning to do it yourelf. Try silver polish if you like. Wal mart. wrights, Hargerty, Flitz, -all fine. As Dale indicates, it isn't like your going to hurt the horn using polish every so often. Live to 200- maybe. Or, try the Baking Soda aluminum chemistry method mentioned by Doc- perfectly safe. Point being, unless you have money to burn, learning to polish the horn yourself is something that is just part of being a trumpet player. Jericho also has a good point at wiping down the horn with a polish cloth after each use. That will greatly extend time between formal polishings.
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    Re: Removing Tarnish

    I use the washing soda/aluminum foil in hot water trick to reverse the silver oxidation (sulfation?) on badly tarnished horns. 'Barn finds' that are new to me in other words. After that I use Hagerty's silver polish, both to finish the recovery job, and for annual maintenance. Caveat: I am not a tech, nor a particularly good trumpet player! But my silver horns look good.

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