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    Silver polish cloth

    So what is the deal with these Selmer silver polish cloths. One came with my Bach. I can see they are doing a good job of removing the oxydation -cloth turns black. Are the cloths penetrated with a chemical =I am sure they are-any idea what?

    This cloth is looking quite black. Can anything be done to rejunivate them? Would it ruin it to wash it? So what's the word on these things?
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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Yes, they are chemically impregnated, don't wash it, that will ruin it. Turning black doesn't diminish their polishing ability, you can use it until it turns to shreds.

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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Hmmm, I don't know. I shall tell you what wikipedia says:

    Polish cloths are manufactured that contain the chemicals needed to polish a trumpet, so all you have to do is buff the surface with the polish cloth...

    I've discovered basically nothing. My cloth though, is too a little black in spots, but it's never been a problem. Good luck, I hope someone can be a little more useful than me :P

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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveRicks View Post
    So what is the deal with these Selmer silver polish cloths. One came with my Bach. I can see they are doing a good job of removing the oxydation -cloth turns black. Are the cloths penetrated with a chemical =I am sure they are-any idea what?

    This cloth is looking quite black. Can anything be done to rejunivate them? Would it ruin it to wash it? So what's the word on these things?
    They're supposed to go black - doesn't change the function one bit. DO NOT WASH IT - that'll completely stuff it. These cloths remove the tarnish but NOT the silver - other silver polishes rip off the silverplate. Wash you trumpet before you polish rather than afterwards - the cloth seems to leave a protective coating on the metalwork - you might just have to wipe it down with an old clean "rag spanner" to stop your hands going a bit black as you play though.

    (Washing a polishing cloth reminds me of an Aussie Aboriginal comment: "What do you call a boomerang that won't come back ...... a stick.)
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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Thanks guys. I've been playing for 45 years but have never had such a cloth until recently. I've used polish (yeah, I know it is frowned upon for removing silver, but ater 40 years, the only places my 1970 Strad is missing silver is from hand contact poiints, not from where I have polished it). The cloth does seem to leave a much "cleaner" shine to the silver than polish. I remember they also made lacquer polish for lacquer horns.
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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveRicks View Post
    Thanks guys. I've been playing for 45 years but have never had such a cloth until recently. I've used polish (yeah, I know it is frowned upon for removing silver, but ater 40 years, the only places my 1970 Strad is missing silver is from hand contact poiints, not from where I have polished it). The cloth does seem to leave a much "cleaner" shine to the silver than polish. I remember they also made lacquer polish for lacquer horns.
    Steve the lacquer cloths are Yellow - do not mix with the Blue cloth. Yellow won't hurt the silver but the Blue one will certainly lead to an "Oh Bugger" experience if used on your lacquered instrument.
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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Quote Originally Posted by tedh1951 View Post
    Steve the lacquer cloths are Yellow - do not mix with the Blue cloth. Yellow won't hurt the silver but the Blue one will certainly lead to an "Oh Bugger" experience if used on your lacquered instrument.
    I have a yellow one, and use it on my silver/gold plated trumpet... should I get another one? a blue one?

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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Dutch,

    I think the equation is:

    Blue + silver=fine
    blue + lacquer = NEVER

    Yellow + laquer = fine

    Yellow + silver =no big deal, but really made for lacquer.

    Of course I am assuming there is a standard about yellow being impregnated with chemicals for laquer and blue for silver.
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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Guess I'll have to look for a blue one next time I'm in the store.
    My yellow one has no specific text on it suggesting it's made for laquer or silver. No specific instrument mentioned either. It does come from a music shop.

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    Re: Silver polish cloth

    Everytime I order the Bach brand ones for silver they send the yellow ones. They seem to work.
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