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Old 08-04-2008, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning "German silver"

I've got an old set of drones mounted with engraved "german silver ( I believe it's also known as nickel silver). It doesn't stay shiny for very long and starts to take on a greenish tinge when it gets dirty. Does anyone have any ideas about how to get it clean and shiny without a lot of abrasion that will rub down the engraving?
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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Nevr-Dull wadding will do the trick, but I don't know if you can get it over there.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: Cleaning "German silver"

I use Brasso - so far, so good.

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:44 AM   #4
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Brasso uses a combination of abrasion and chemical action to polish metal; the Nevr-Dull wadding uses chemical action only, and removes less metal.

You could also try a combination of lemon juice and salt.
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MAAS works very well. But advise is to just forget about it. Total waste of time! They will get all tarnished if you look at them funny.

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Default Re: Cleaning "German silver"

German silver is usually an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, it is the copper content that gives it the green tinge when it oxidises.
It is a fair bit harder than silver (actually it contains no silver whatsoever) so it will take a fair bit of abrasion.
I wouldn't hesitate to use brasso to get the initial finish then give it a regular rub with silvo wadding to maintain the polish....
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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Ihave an old set of Lawries(WW I era I think). Nickel and Ivory. The ferrules are "classic" Lawrie design. Initally I used Simichromepolis(sp?). Worked OK but wouldn't stay shiny for long. Then tried buffing them with Zam-- look like a million and hold the shine for about a year. Granted things are pretty dry here in New Mexico and might not have the same longevity in a humid climate.
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