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Cleaning up silver tray tarnished by Katrina

Posted by wodka (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 17, 07 at 15:21

I have a silver tray that I dug up from our Katrina ruins. It might be silver plate, since it's fairly light. Anyhow, after the storm I just washed it and threw it in a closet, couldn't bear to really look at the few things I found. Now that we're getting ready to finally move into a house, I'm trying to decide what to salvage and what to throw away as we begin a new chapter in our lives. I have been trying to clean the tray with Tarn-X, Brasso and Wright's silver cream. It actually looks much, much better, but I had to stop because the fumes were getting to me. There is still a small bit of tarnish and some yellowish tint? Have is stripped too much or was this just a cheap wedding present - ha. Is there anything better I could be doing or am I just wasting my time?

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RE: Cleaning up silver tray tarnished by Katrina

Get it replated. The base metal, which could be brass, or copper, is showing through. One of the best replating companies is Finn's, in Jacksonville Fl.

In the future, use nothing other than Hagerty's Silver Polish. I've been using it for twenty years now, and swear by it. Get a silk sponge, and rub it on with that. Then, use soft, non-retardant flannel to buff off to a high shine.

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