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May 23, 2020 - 12:19:42 PM
22 posts since 2/25/2016

What is the best way to clean up the tailpiece, arm rest, etc? May be selling my 1991 Earl Scruggs. Need to get it looking good.
Thanks,
Paul

May 23, 2020 - 12:29:10 PM

1359 posts since 4/13/2009

Happich Simichrome Polish.

May 23, 2020 - 2:12:42 PM

22 posts since 2/25/2016

Thanks! That looks like it might be some good stuff.

May 23, 2020 - 4:39:02 PM
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2034 posts since 2/7/2008

I like Nevr-Dull. It’s wadding that cleans and polishes in one step.

Nevr Dull NEVER DULL POLISH 5OZ amazon.com/dp/B00097CRY6/ref=c...EbZKXY7RR

May 23, 2020 - 6:01:48 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23415 posts since 6/25/2005

I’ve always used Simichrome, going back at least 40 years.

May 24, 2020 - 12:12:01 AM

HSmith

UK

388 posts since 12/30/2005

Hi
Another vote for Simichrome.

Edited by - HSmith on 05/24/2020 00:12:48

May 24, 2020 - 7:19:01 AM

8 posts since 5/23/2020

Plus one on the Semichrome, I'v been using it on all sorts of thing for years and it never seems to fail me

May 24, 2020 - 7:46:21 AM

5183 posts since 9/21/2007
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Sure, if you don’t mind using abrasives and removing a small bit of plating every time.

“Polishes” are basically liquid sandpaper.

Never Dull is abrasive cotton wadding with a lubricant/solvent added to make it remove tarnish, grit, and finish more effectively. It is like a finer grade of steel wool.

May 24, 2020 - 9:56:42 AM

276 posts since 1/28/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Sure, if you don’t mind using abrasives and removing a small bit of plating every time.

“Polishes” are basically liquid sandpaper.

Never Dull is abrasive cotton wadding with a lubricant/solvent added to make it remove tarnish, grit, and finish more effectively. It is like a finer grade of steel wool.


That is kind of overstating it.  Simichrome has very fine abrasives (8-10 microns)  You can polish metals as soft as gold with it without removing enough metal to measure.  On the hard surfaces like banjos, I doubt you could ever remove enough metal even if you polished it every day, and you certainly wont scratch it.  Simichrome works really good to clean the metal and also leaves an anti tarnish coating on it.  Of course anyone could be stupid and use a lot of pressure on a high speed buffer coated with Simichrome and cause damage, but I think most people have more common sense than that.

May 24, 2020 - 10:12:56 AM

5183 posts since 9/21/2007
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quote:
Originally posted by latigo1
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Sure, if you don’t mind using abrasives and removing a small bit of plating every time.

“Polishes” are basically liquid sandpaper.

Never Dull is abrasive cotton wadding with a lubricant/solvent added to make it remove tarnish, grit, and finish more effectively. It is like a finer grade of steel wool.


That is kind of overstating it.  Simichrome has very fine abrasives (8-10 microns)  You can polish metals as soft as gold with it without removing enough metal to measure.  On the hard surfaces like banjos, I doubt you could ever remove enough metal even if you polished it every day, and you certainly wont scratch it.  Simichrome works really good to clean the metal and also leaves an anti tarnish coating on it.  Of course anyone could be stupid and use a lot of pressure on a high speed buffer coated with Simichrome and cause damage, but I think most people have more common sense than that.


Examples of over polishing below.

If you use polish creams and the rag turns black-- that is the nickle plating being removed.

But to each there own.  I believe that people should be informed and then make their own decisions.  It is a fact that all polishes are abrasive.  The active ingredients in most of them is aluminum oxide- the same that is used in most sandpaper.

I'd rather just keep my banjos clean and not polish them.  I have banjos that are well over 100 years old that the metal looks new-- they were likely spared polishing compound.

I have others that the nickle plating has been polished off of the rim.  Many people will polish a clad rim and make it gleam.  Months later they will find that since they removed the nickle plating unevenly that the rim begins to look spotty and blotchy.






 

May 24, 2020 - 12:34:46 PM

276 posts since 1/28/2011

How often does a person polish his banjo? Maybe once or twice a year? There is no way you will wear through nickle plating by hand polishing with Simichrome during a lifetime. Yes, aluminum oxide is the abrasive used in most sandpaper, but it comes in all kinds of grits from very coarse (40 grit) to very fine (7000 grit) and Simichrome is even finer than that. You make it sound like someone using polish on a banjo is actually sanding it down and that is just not the case. Yes, I would be careful with those old spun over rims you show but most of those were made from German silver which was very soft.

May 25, 2020 - 7:37:42 AM

22 posts since 2/25/2016

Thanks for all the input!
Paul

May 25, 2020 - 9:19:46 AM
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7616 posts since 1/7/2005

nickel.

DD

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