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norsknick
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Posted - 30/06/2017 :  14:41:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey. Long time no post...

Here's a quickie for you. I've just bagged a Premier brass piccolo snare on Ebay. It's solid enough, but some numpty has gone over the shell with gold paint. I've scratched some of this away and I can see that the brass underneath is speckled not unusual, I've seen this before on instruments that haven't been kept well.

So, question is how best to remove the paint. I don't want to just slap on the Nitromors because that'd remove whatever's left of the protective lacquer. Having said that, however I remove the paint, I reckon the lacquer will come off anyway, so maybe I should just get it all off and then polish it up with Shine On cymbal wadding.

Suggestions please

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teethmeister
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Posted - 01/07/2017 :  11:00:35  Show Profile  Visit teethmeister's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think the lacquer will come off whatever you try. Maybe Nitromors is your best bet. Then perhaps see if you can source any "Horolene" - a relatively mild brass cleaning dip (immerse the shell for several hours I think) used by clock makers of old. Then see if you need to buff it up. Cheers, Matt.

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norsknick
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Posted - 02/07/2017 :  22:10:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmm... Nitromors it could be then... I read somewhere about boiling it to soften the paint but tbh, I don't see how I can boil a snare shell...

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