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Removing Tarnish From Gold & Silver Inlays

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by tea sipper, Apr 24, 2010.

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  1. tea sipper

    tea sipper TS Member

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    I have a shotgun with engraved inlays on the receiver (mostly low carat weight gold and some silver) which have tarnished over time. The receiver is blued and I'm concerned about harming the bluing. Anybody have any experience removing tarnish from inlays. Thanks.
     
  2. short shucker

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    Give Flitz a try and you'll love what you see. It won't harm the bluing or the inlays and does a great job removing the tarnish.

    ss
     
  3. spritc

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    Flitz gun polish!
     
  4. W.P.T.

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    I got my hands on some stuff called "Wenol", it works great and is easy to use ... It works on all metal surfaces and will not harm the bluing but will protect it from water, rust, and tarnish ... (www.rbeuroinfo.com) I bought a tube of this about 5 years ago and there is still almost a full tube and I use it all the time ... That means you do not have to use very much at all, and the more times you clean it the better it looks ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  5. g7777777

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    gold doesnt tarnish
     
  6. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Tarn-X. Works great. Bulge.
     
  7. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    GN7777777 ... hate to tell you this ... but gold will tarnish!

    High carat gold such as 22/24 K won't ... but alloyed gold such as 10/14k will!
    That is because it contains copper and silver.
     
  8. boomer

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    I'd be leary of putting any cleaner/solvent on the receiver. Use a pencil eraser. It will clean the inlays up without the chance of harming any of the finish on the gun.
     
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    Never-Dull Magic Wadding (hold it in plastic wrap to keep your fingers from staining if that bothers you)... <center>
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    MK
     
  10. phirel

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    First, make sure it is tarnish. It could be just dirt that can be removed with soap and water. Most gold inlays are close to 24K gold and any type of abrasion could damage the fine detail work on the inlay.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. Unknown1

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    Pencil erasers contain abrasive particles.

    Why would anyone use an abrasive to clean a thin deposit of soft metal?

    MK
     
  12. eightbore

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    The strongest thing I use is a dry paper napkin. Rub only as hard as needed to remove the tarnish.
     
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