Apologies for potentially having posted this in the wrong thread - any help would be most appreciated and I will immediately move this to another thread (military clothing?) if it is inappropriate. I'm looking for some initial advice from anybody who has been in the HCMR. After searching fruitlessly on the internet I have been unable to find any answers to my query. To get to the point: I lost a rather light hearted bet with my great uncle, an ex-Major in the Blues. He had a dusty set of ceremonial gear kicking about in his attic which I've now dragged out. As a forfeit he wants to see how close to parade standard I can get it (though expectations on both sides are v. realistic!). Keeping to the spirit of the outcome of the bet, and given my own father has little idea being a civie, I'm not requesting the secrets of cleaning and polishing that might be passed around Windsor barracks - merely the dos and don'ts. The kit is expensive, and the sentimental value even more so I'm sure. Just what materials tend to be used on which part of the cuirass, helmets, gloves and boots. The rest will be down to time and elbow grease as he's let me know time and time again (so a great opportunity to sympathise with the old man, though he probably thinks I have little to do for the summer!). I have a week or so, and I'm afraid I might do something that causes irreparable damage. Thanks again.