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Old 08-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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Protecting silver from tarnish

One disadvantage to silver (depending on the point of view) is tarnish. What products and/or methods, to protect their silver from tarnish, has everyone else tried?

I ran across these products recently:
http://www.silverguard.com/c-6-pacif...-the-yard.aspx
http://www.silverguard.com/c-9-3m-an...sh-strips.aspx

Has anyone used them? Good? Bad?
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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I use baking soda.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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I don't bother. If it tarnishes then it tarnishes. It's value is inate whether it shines or turns completely gray.
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I don't bother. If it tarnishes then it tarnishes. It's value is inate whether it shines or turns completely gray.
straight ammonia brings back the shine in silver.

vinegar or salt will restore the shine of copper.

then you can do it again!
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The things that remove tarnish do so by removing the silver sulfide (the tarnish). Costs you a tiny bit of weight. Prevention is better. Keep your Ag away from sulfur compounds (skin oil, sweat, H2S in the air, onions, rotten eggs). Most airtight vessels will serve there. Prevention is usually better than cure.
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tarnish is not so bad. watch tho for black pit marks.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:00 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by benjamen View Post:
One disadvantage to silver (depending on the point of view) is tarnish. What products and/or methods, to protect their silver from tarnish, has everyone else tried?

I ran across these products recently:
http://www.silverguard.com/c-6-pacif...-the-yard.aspx
http://www.silverguard.com/c-9-3m-an...sh-strips.aspx

Has anyone used them? Good? Bad?
Buy a jug of E-Z-Est coin cleaner.

Dip and rinse in under 10 seconds and brand new it will look.

Buying rolls of constitutional silver, I often come across very dark coins. I trow them in a plastic container and swirl them around until they shine.

If one is extremely dark/black I cook 'em between foil in salted water and brand new abracadabra. Do not leave cleaned coins out while cleaning others. You will smell the sulfur.

Go to: http://metaldetectingworld.com/clean...ion_coin.shtml
and see the many ways to clean silver in all conditions.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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According to this link, electrochemical reaction with baking soda (to make the water conductive) and alumninum actually puts the silver sulfide back to pure silver - so you don't lose anything at all.
http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/TARNISH.html
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That's good news. My wife recently used that method (she found on the internet) on a silver service set she had inherited from her grandparents that was badly tarnished. The service looks awesome now, but I fretted that the process was stripping some of the silver content away.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:47 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by benjamen View Post:
One disadvantage to silver (depending on the point of view) is tarnish. What products and/or methods, to protect their silver from tarnish, has everyone else tried?

I ran across these products recently:
http://www.silverguard.com/c-6-pacif...-the-yard.aspx
http://www.silverguard.com/c-9-3m-an...sh-strips.aspx

Has anyone used them? Good? Bad?
The best value for Silver Cloth to prevent tarnish is Magna Fabrics Silver Cloth. The price of $8.95 a yard is signifigantly lower and it works as well as the other products. You can see this at:
http://www.magnafabrics.com/category/silvercloth.htm
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