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dshpipes

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Age : 34
Location : Durham, NC
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PostSubject: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:30 pm

I looked up how to polish silver and there are a few good methods ala silver polishing cream and baking soda with aluminum foil in hot water. However, I hesitate to use either of these methods because the silver is attached to briar.

Anyone have some good tips here?
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Kyle Weiss

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Location : Reno, NV
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:36 pm

Any given blue paste compound polish and a wheel? *shrug* Works good on chrome, works good on stems.

I kind of like the look of tarnished silver, though. "Patina," I guess the folks call it. Cool
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williamcharles

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:55 pm

I use Brasso. I just make sure to wipe it off and I've never had a problem with the briar. I have also used very fine pipe ash on a damp q-tip.
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:46 pm

Look for some Wright's Silver polish. You can find it at your grocerystore or most hardware stores, Comes with an applicator sponge inside the jar and just follow the directions. Stuff works wonders for ALL silver either plate or sterling. and it wont harm the shank or bit though I remove my bits when I use it. Just a quick polish with it about once a month will keep those silver( and nickel as is on Pete systems)bands looking like new! And your wife will love it on the silverware ( real silver) as well. My mother has used it in her house for ALL her siver my whole life and the stuff works well and easily.
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NeroWolfe

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:52 pm

I use a silver polishing cloth...quick and easy.
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:32 pm

Great tips, fellas! Thanks! cheers

I'll report back on what I wind up using. Smile
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Buckshot

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:12 pm

NeroWolfe wrote:
I use a silver polishing cloth...quick and easy.

That is what I use also. They are available at jewelry stores and work great.
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Wet Dottle

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:16 pm

Dry ash works well.
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:49 pm

Wet Dottle wrote:
Dry ash works well.

How do you use dry ash to polish silver? study scratch
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docwatson

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Location : Central Massachusetts and midcoast Maine
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:00 pm

Simichrome polish, or a jewelers polishing cloth with rouge.
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plumbernater

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:30 pm

I use this got it off ebay. I forget but it wasnt much
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Wet Dottle

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:16 pm

UberHuberMan wrote:
Wet Dottle wrote:
Dry ash works well.

How do you use dry ash to polish silver? study scratch
A bit of dry ash, a piece of cloth, rub. drunken
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docwatson

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:19 pm

Pretty cool labeling on that Miracle Cloth, Plumber, looks like it's right out of the 60's.
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williamcharles

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:32 pm

I knew I had one of those miracle cloths somewhere. I've had it since I was in the service and it works as well today as it did 40 odd years ago. Thanks for reminding me of it!
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:56 pm

So I picked up some polishing cloths from the local hardware store and wowee did they do the job well! Pics below. They go from top to bottom, before polishing to after. Shocked





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Harlock999

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:50 pm

Now it looks like the bowl needs buffing...
I did kind of like the patina'd(?) look, pre-polish.
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Rusty Mouse

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:18 am

Pshhht, I only saw the first two photos, I was thinking "Yeah? Big deal?" then I scrolled down (facepalm) and BAM, I'd call that polished. That's one handy dandy little cloth you've got there, but tell me, is the vanilla fragrance really that pleasant?
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:35 am

Rusty Mouse wrote:
Pshhht, I only saw the first two photos, I was thinking "Yeah? Big deal?" then I scrolled down (facepalm) and BAM, I'd call that polished. That's one handy dandy little cloth you've got there, but tell me, is the vanilla fragrance really that pleasant?

Haha! Actually, yes it is. It lingered on my hands for the rest of the day, even after I washed them, but I certainly didn't mind.
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Rusty Mouse

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:55 pm

No briar or finish damaging chemicals either?
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:13 pm

Rusty Mouse wrote:
No briar or finish damaging chemicals either?

Not a one that I could tell. I riskily allowed myself to polish onto the shank of the pipe and after I cleaned it off with a dry paper towel, there was no noticeable difference in the wood that got some silver polish and the wood that didn't. You can also store them for years, so sayeth the packaging.
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Rusty Mouse

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:39 am

I'm gonna have to pick some of those up, if not for my pipes, I'm sure I can find something else to polish around the house and neighbourhood, pipe smoker by day, good deed metal polisher by night.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:59 am

Strange. I prefer the "before" look.
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:32 am

Richard Burley wrote:
Strange. I prefer the "before" look.

Nothing wrong with that. It did have a nice patina to it. I do prefer having it clean and shiny, though. Smile
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Simple Man

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:40 am

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing A Silver Shank Cap   Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:40 pm

The polishing cloth is well worth the modest price. Another option --

Mineral oil -- the kind found in your medicine canet -- is an effective anti-oxident. Dab a drop on the tarnished silver and polish with a clean cotton cloth. No, it hasn't harmed the finish on my silver-trimmed briars. I only apply to the silver bit, not the briar.
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