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Preventing tarnish on a silver-plated statue


#1

I received a lovely antique statue of a greyhound for Christmas.
It’s some sort of metal, apparently silver plated. It tarnishes quite
fast. It shines up easily with a “sunshine cloth”, but starts to
tarnish again within hours, turning that very recognizable ugly
sulfur-oxide yellowish brown color. Is there anything I can put on
this statue to make it a lower-maintenance item, maybe some type of
wax or something that’s not a lacquer?

–Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry
http://www.featheredgems.com


#2

Kathy,

would suggest Renaissance wax, which was developed to protect metal
surfaces of objects in museums. But I don’t really know all the
pros and cons, except that it is not recommended for anything that
comes in contact with food. I used it on a copper vase, and it has
kept it tarnish free for several months. I’d appreciate more
about this wax from others on the list who’ve used it.
Thanks.

Dian Deevey


#3

Some polishes contain an “anti-tarnish” ingredient, or at least
avertise that they do so. I use Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes, and
whereas they don’t prevent silver from tarnishing , I believe that
they do retard it’s formation somewhat.

Lee Einer


#4

I heard that if you gold plate silver then rhodium plat over the
gold plating you shouldn’t have to worry about tarnishing. Craig