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  • asoralvin commented on hobbyman's instructable Giving a New Life to an Old Cornet/Trumpet10 months ago
    Giving a New Life to an Old Cornet/Trumpet

    Due to difficulty for the everyman to do a fine job, or costliness of a professional one, many horn players wax their instruments with a range of products from Pledge, to car waxes such as caranuba. Flitz brand brass polish is extremely fine and I find it to be ideal for horns as it imparts an excellent tarnish inhibitor along with a superior shine....all without thinning out the brass and/or affecting the etchings/inscriptions in the brass.BTW , Rather than wasting time, materials, labor and over-buffing or unequally buffing, ALWAYS first remove remaining patches of lacquer. A bath within an inexpensive 24" long plastic tub (walmart/Sterilite) protects your horn. Boiling water or at least uncomfortably hot...with gentle dishsoap first. Hour or two soak and scrub out sponge dow...

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    Due to difficulty for the everyman to do a fine job, or costliness of a professional one, many horn players wax their instruments with a range of products from Pledge, to car waxes such as caranuba. Flitz brand brass polish is extremely fine and I find it to be ideal for horns as it imparts an excellent tarnish inhibitor along with a superior shine....all without thinning out the brass and/or affecting the etchings/inscriptions in the brass.BTW , Rather than wasting time, materials, labor and over-buffing or unequally buffing, ALWAYS first remove remaining patches of lacquer. A bath within an inexpensive 24" long plastic tub (walmart/Sterilite) protects your horn. Boiling water or at least uncomfortably hot...with gentle dishsoap first. Hour or two soak and scrub out sponge down, rinse. Whatever lacquer remains (if any) can now be easily removed right along with the greatest degree of oxidation discoloration of your horn with a gentle scrubing of the entire horn with a glass polish used on stovetops...I use Weinman. This leaves only the sparkle to be brought out with the use of Flitz. The author is correct in stating that you must absolutely rinse your horn completely after any polish is used.

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