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  1. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Hey all, I have a few pipes with silver bands. They require polishing sometimes. Just curious what everyone uses? I have the walker briarworks stem restore kit but I can tell it's fairly abrasive. I am not sure that those bands aren't simply plated and I sure don't want to wear through. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Longshanks

    Longshanks He who shall; so shall he... wait, who?

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    Good question. I've got a Town Hall from Comoy's with a sterling silver band. The pipe cleaned up well and is in beautiful shape, but the band could use some gentle attention.
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  3. Buckshot

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    I use a product called "Silver Wipes". Disposable cloths infused with some kind of cleaner. Just a light wipe removes the tarnish and gets the silver looking sharp. Pretty amazing how easily the tarnish comes off. They work very well and they aren't messy at all. If you keep the used cloth in a baggie it will last for months.
     
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  4. Russell Hartman

    Russell Hartman Stay Silver

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    I use a product called "Speedy". It is a metal polish I purchase at a local store that I use that sells parts, and accessories for big rigs(trucks). The stuff is amazing, but expensive. How I use it on my pipe silver is by dipping a "Q-tip" in it. Get rid of the access on the qtip, and gently go around the band being careful NOT to get ANY on the wood, or stem. The stuff is amazing, and requires little to no elbow grease.
     
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  5. Tony Malerich

    Tony Malerich Sales Account

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    In a pinch, I make a light paste with salt, baking soda, and water which I gently dab it on the silver and wipe clean. With some care, it's not too abrasive and it's always around at home. Somebody has recommended Blue Magic 400 metal polish cream to me. I haven't tried it yet, but apparently it has a little something in it that slows the process of tarnish building again.
     
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  6. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    I would use a jeweler’s cloth.
     
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  7. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Tarnex works.
     
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  8. davidmackv

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    How do you know if your band is real silver or just nickel or some other metal?
     
  9. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    I forget what brand it is I use but any silver polish should make it shine big time .
     
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  10. 421eme

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    I have been using a very gentle tube paste called "Flitz" - non toxic and leaves a protective coating on the metal to help slow further tarnish from occuring.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,Carl
     
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  11. jdto

    jdto Well-Known Member

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    I have a jeweller's cloth impregnated with jeweller's rouge. The only problem is, I've noticed a slight reddish tinge to the black blast near the silver band on my Tinsky. I'm going to try wrapping some paper around the shank next time I polish the band.
     
  12. PipeSimmo

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    I use toothpaste, blendamed - works perfectly.
     
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  13. Stonewall

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    I just use a new/clean dusting cloth. I wipe all my pipes down about every 7-10 days; so i dont have many issues with tarnish. But a Jewellers cloth sounds like a wise investment.
     
  14. Tony Malerich

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    Likely because of this thread on my mind, I finally picked up a tub of the Blue Magic. It is certainly an effective polish. I'll check back in a month or three to see if the coating does indeed help/hold up (it's silicone apparently).

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  15. jdto

    jdto Well-Known Member

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    I might try that. I put some carnauba in mine to see if it would help, but I'm not sure it's working too well.
     
  16. David Emond

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    i like the dark patina that sets onto the silver bands but ive used toothpaste with a kleenex and it works like a charm
     
  17. Johnny

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    I use Wright's Silver Polish which you can find in the soap isle in the supermarket
     
  18. Brian Powers

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    Brebbia stem polish does a nice job too, dab it on and a quick twist in a paper towel.
     
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