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Best way to remove tarnish from belt buckle?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by overdog, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. overdog

    overdog Senior member

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    I bought a new RLPL belt on clearance at Marshall's today. The downside is that there is some tarnish on the silver buckle. What is the best method of removing tarnish from a belt buckle?

    Thanks.
     
  2. robin

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    Find a tin of Brasso and use a dab of it to polish it out.
     
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    If the buckle is silver plated, Brasso will remove the finish.
    Be careful.
     
  4. robin

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    Oh yeah, I didn't catch that. Here's a site that lists out many different types of metal polishes and abrasives which you should be able to find in most hardware stores and most of them will be safe to use: http://www.railroadiana.org/info/pgC...estoration.php
     
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    I use a silver polishing cloth.


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    j Senior member Admin

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    I use a silver polishing cloth.


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    +1 - but if you want it super bright even in the cracks and crevices (I wouldn't, but you might) there is also a silver polish spray that works very well - you spray it on and buff off with a soft cloth. I used to use it on my silver trumpet. It is hard to find and smells awful, though.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You found a PL belt at Marshalls? I don't think I've ever seen any PL there.
     
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    I like Flitz metal polish on a microfiber towel or Cape Cod polishing cloths.
     
  10. overdog

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    You found a PL belt at Marshalls? I don't think I've ever seen any PL there.
    Yeah, this was the Marshall's in Humble, TX. There were three RLPL belts, MSRP $295. marked down to $20. I took the only one that wasn't size 40 or bigger. Also, they had a number of brown Polo suede belts, made in England, MSRP $95, marked down to $10, all in pristine condition. Sometimes Marshall's can't comprehend the value of the merchandise they have. The other day I saw a bunch of brand new Trafalgar belts priced at $12.99 regular price. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. My only problem now is figuring out what kind of metal the buckle is actually made of. I'll probably just try a mild cleaner first.
     
  11. robin

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    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. My only problem now is figuring out what kind of metal the buckle is actually made of. I'll probably just try a mild cleaner first.
    Unless you're willing to do some chemistry tests on it, you probably won't find out what it is exactly. I'm betting it's nickel plated brass as you mentioned it was silver colored and that it's tarnished, which usually happens when it's exposed to moisture and oils from human contact, though I could always be wrong. Start with the lighter polishes to see if those will work, and if not, keep working up the chemical ladder until you get to the abrasives like Brasso, which will essentially strip the tarnished layers off.
     
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    Pure lemon juice on a soft cotton rag.

    toothpaste works great on silver, if it is silver. Don't know how it works on other things.

    Flitz works well on high carbon steel, but I don't know if you want to use it on this.

    There's also Simichrome, which works wonderfully on anything with chroming.
     
  13. overdog

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    Unless you're willing to do some chemistry tests on it, you probably won't find out what it is exactly.

    I tried calling Ralph Lauren and gave them the serial/model number on the belt. They said they have no way of tracking past season merchandise. I would have expected more from Ralph Lauren, especially for PL stuff.
     
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    I tried calling Ralph Lauren and gave them the serial/model number on the belt. They said they have no way of tracking past season merchandise. I would have expected more from Ralph Lauren, especially for PL stuff.

    I've learned it's best to have no faith in Ralph's customer service at all. That way, if you do happen to encounter some, it's a pleasant surprise.
     
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