Polishing Silver so it really shines!

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#1
I've been given a silver Sgian Dhu with a silver badge on it. Lucky me.

The badge is silver but the finish is a tad rough and I want it to shine.

I've been going at it with silver polish and a yellow duster and after 4 hours I've managed to get the edges starting to look shiny but I've got a life and don't neccessarily want to spend the next 6 weeks rubbing my knife.

Any one any tips for getting a good finish on it without wearing it (and my fingers) away.
 
#3
See if you can get hold of some silver dip, Its a blue liduid and you just dip whatever it is in the liquid for a few minuits, Rinse it off with water and let it dry.
 

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#5
What is the badge mounted on?
Its on the handle of the Sgian Dhu which is made of black bog wood with silver pins.


Does it come off?[/QUOTE]

No its fixed.
 
#7
Just in case the silver dip affects the wood, get a cotton bud, dip it in the silver dip and rub the badge. It may take a few goes but it will come up. Be sure to rinse it off with fresh water.

The buff up with a Goddards Silver cloth, or similar, they are impregnated with cleaner and will leave a film on the silver stopping it from tarnishing too quickly.
 
#8
Toothbrush and some silvo, or brasso, or whitening toothpaste
 

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#9
Just in case the silver dip affects the wood, get a cotton bud, dip it in the silver dip and rub the badge. It may take a few goes but it will come up. Be sure to rinse it off with fresh water.

The buff up with a Goddards Silver cloth, or similar, they are impregnated with cleaner and will leave a film on the silver stopping it from tarnishing too quickly.
The surface of the silver has rather a rough finish rather than a smooth finish. Although thats how he made the badge it does not really match the rest of the silver work and I would prefer it to be smoother and more polished looking.

Use wet 1200 grit sandpaper.
I've heard of people using very fine grain sandpaper to polish cap badges. I was a bit concerned about rubbing too much away but I guess rubbing some away until its smooth is what I'm trying to achieve.
 

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#11
Find someone with a buffing wheel ...
I wonder if I could get a small buffing wheel or attachment for a drill. There used to be a little machine called a Dremmel(?) that had all sorts of attachments.


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#12
I wonder if I could get a small buffing wheel or attachment for a drill. There used to be a little machine called a Dremmel(?) that had all sorts of attachments.


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Dremmel could be too fast to control-one slip and it's all over(£45 on Ebay though). You could take your Skin Doon (I'm English) to your armourer if you're still in-he'll have a bash at it for a few tinnys no doubt. They've usually got some of that blue stuff too!
 

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