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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000453.txt from 1995/03

From: Scott Hirsch <WQ@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Key Plating
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 11:27:03 -0500

You wrote:

>> Any suggestions on protecting your keys from wearing down to the
>base elements?
> What about spots where the plating is already gone?

You can use a rub-on plating product to prevent silver plate from wearing
through. One such product is available from
E-Z Way
4641 Lyons Hill Rd.
Springdale, WA 99173

It is called Liquid Silver. It will probably not work over the base metal. It
will not plate over nickel, just copper, brass, silver, etc. Also,
it must be used with extreme caution until you verify that it is compatible with
the plate job on your keys. Some triple plate, or just
poorly plated keys can be set back by the application of Liquid Silver. It can,
I've heard, under certain conditions bubble up the existing
plating so care must be taken at first. When it works, it works very well and
will add silver to the keys each time it is used.

You can send the keys to be plated, which will allow a heavy application of your
favorite metal. I myself have a commercial plating
machine but just do it for a hobby. Scott Hirsch

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