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 Post subject: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:54 pm 
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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO POLISH THE GOLD HARDWARE ON MY RIC 650 SIERRA? IT IS SOMEWHAT TARNISHED AND I DO NOT WANT TO INJURE THE FINISH.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:55 am 
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If I we're you, I would phone Ric customer service.

I own a very pricey brief case with goldware and have been cautioned many times not to "rub it out" with anything.

Let Ric c.s. advise you what to do.
-You might also want to email Forums member Paul W. (aka "Jingle_Jangle") who has a wealth of working knowledge restoring and working on Rics also.

But, pending such expert advise, I wouldn't do a thing to your gold hardware.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:28 pm 
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Thanks, I will give them a call.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:13 am 
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Gold doesn't really tarnish; it's likely that it's a mix of dirt on the finish combined with the thin gold finish starting to get worn through/off to the nickel underneath. If you polish it enough, you'll be rewarded with a shiny, NICKEL finish. Gold plate on guitars is remarkably thin and delicate, so it wears through rather easily.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:00 am 
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The best way to polish gold is very seldom, and then with a very soft all cotton cloth, like a diaper, only just slightly dampened with water on one side and dry off with the other.

DO NOT USE the new "microfiber" polishing cloths. They are synthetic, and abrasive. They will scratch through the gold, because gold is so soft.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:29 am 
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Gold does seem to "tarnish" very quickly and easily.
Witness all of those "gold name-plate" Mercedes Benz's that were done up on a dealer aftermarket basis.
If the gold bright work wasn't stolen, (which almost always happened) it easily "tarnished" into dull.

This same dealer add-on fad went on during the 1950's with the big "V" that surrounded the Cadillac crests in that 1950's era. All of them wound up with that tarnished look very quickly.

One very sad thing and hazard about gold I suppose.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLD HARDWARE
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:06 am 
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Gold doesn't tarnish at all - look at the stuff that was found in Tutankhamun's tomb, which is thousands of years old, or the younger but much more extreme-condition-storage gold coins and artifacts from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods, much of which was buried in the earth in Europe where it's always damp. These haven't been polished, they were bright and clean when they were dug up.

The problem with gold plating on guitars is not tarnishing but that it's so thin it wears off just from the friction of your skin, and that it's not quite impervious to your sweat, which will go through and attack the nickel substrate underneath which then lifts the gold off. The even worse problem is that if you polish it to try to restore it, you just accelerate the wear - at the absolute most, you must only rub it with a cotton cloth or similar as iiipopes said. The minute you take any proprietary metal polishing materials to it - all of which are more or less abrasive - you'll destroy what you're trying to preserve.

I can only assume those bits of gold on the cars were not real gold, or were plated onto a substrate that corroded out from under it.


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