Cleaning gongs

#1
I am certain this has been done before, but there are 91 pages alone in this Forum alone and I have tried to search, so please bear with me. My gongs are looking worse for wear in the shiny department, what with lager spillage etc, so I am after a way to clean the bauble bit to bring them back to pre issue sparkle. There is nothing wrong with the riband itself, just the metal bits. They are court mounted too for want of more info. Basically what do people use that wear gongs a lot. Any help is appreciated.

d_u
 
#2
I use metal polish, not silvo as most would suggest. I just found metal polish easier to clean from the ribbons afterwards. It also does the cleaning pretty much for itself without taking the gilt off of the jubilee medal.

just apply it leave it to dry (it will go white and crusty) and rub it off with a polishing cloth Job done.
 
#3
Be V.careful with the Brasso, or some places that do court mounting etc offer a polish and lacquer service. Never have to polish them again after that.
 
#4
Cheers fellas, is there a sugestion of a particular brand, or will any metal polish do? Also, yeah I am steering away from Brasso as it is particularly difficult to remove if applied mongishly.
 
#5
ill need to check, its issued over here but it is an off the shelf number.

ill get back to you.
 
#6
down_under said:
I am certain this has been done before, but there are 91 pages alone in this Forum alone and I have tried to search, so please bear with me. My gongs are looking worse for wear in the shiny department, what with lager spillage etc, so I am after a way to clean the bauble bit to bring them back to pre issue sparkle. There is nothing wrong with the riband itself, just the metal bits. They are court mounted too for want of more info. Basically what do people use that wear gongs a lot. Any help is appreciated.

d_u
I use a silver cleaning cloth. There is no liquid to have to clean up and leaves no residue on the medal or ribbon. The golden jubilee medal shouldn't be cleaned too vigourously as the gilt will be rubbed off.

I've used this brand in th past to great effect:

Beaverbrooks
 
#7
May sound odd (and I didn't believe it at first myself) but I use a rubber (eraser) on mine - perhaps not as good a polish but it avoids spillage.
 
#11
Yep a rubber is the way to go. No danger of soiling the ribbon and you can do the clasps as well.

Easy peasy job.


Edited to add - only for real medals of course, UN and NATO chocolate ones don't need cleaning.
 
#12
Agree rubber for bars and edges, i then use a cotton bud dipped in brasso to clean the face of the medal.
 
#14
Thought it might have been a gee up, but have used the erasor and has done the job, albeit as good as it can without getting in between the raised areas. :thumright:
Cheers for the tips fellas.
 
#15
My Rhodesia medal seems to be a kind of Staybrite thing. GSM in shit order as usual. What are the new ones like?
 
#16
Pencil eraser is good for a quick clean on slight smears. If you want a good shine on medals such as the CSM(GSM) use goddards siver dip and a silver polishing cloth, be careful not to get it on the ribbon.

duffdike: the modern GSM's as far as i know are the same as the older ones. they all go s*** when left to tarnish.

Top tip i give the people i mount medals for,once they are as clean as you can get them, try not to touch them or you'll get thumb/finger prints on them and when your not using them place them in airtight zip bags, cling film or even an air tightbox
Hope this helps
 
#17
Well it must be a one off. My Rhodesia medal hasn't been cleaned in nearly 30 years and it is immaculate.
 
#18
duffdike said:
Well it must be a one off. My Rhodesia medal hasn't been cleaned in nearly 30 years and it is immaculate.
Probably a better quality metal finish?
 
#19
CSM/GSM's always get a good shine, i recently cleaned and mounted a Rodesia medal and it came up a treat with next to no effort.If you look at the The Iraq medal ( op telic ) when it's issued/ presented in it's box it's 9 times out of 10 tarnished, cleaning this medal is hard work, the boxes come with a reminder not to use Brasso as it is an abrasive polish, i've started using a non-abrasive metal polish, still not a great shine though!
The OSM's come up pretty nicely though using silver dip. think these have a better metal content. Maybe a spotter and get my medal book out and see what the different medals are made from.
 

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