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Restoring Gold Plating/filling On A Sheaffer Snorkel Cap.

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#1 Cyclopentadiene

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 12:26

Dear all,

 

I've recently remember how much of a engineering marvel the Sheaffer snorkel is. 

After finding my pen I noticed how the gold plating on the cap, both on the clip and wide cap ring was fading considerably to a brass like finish. 

Would anyone know how to restore the finish of the gold back to its original luster?

 

Thanks,

Badger



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 19:00

Is it just tarnished, or is the gold layer wearing through?

If the latter, the cost of replating is high enough that you may be better off just buying a new cap -- assuming the color and trim configuration is a common one.

 

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#3 Cyclopentadiene

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 20:53

My thanks for replying Mr. Nishimura. It looks to be tarnished rather than completely worn through. 

The colour and trim are very common, just the regular black and gold trim for a snorkel. I've never been happy to discard an item when it can be repaired. I ask as I'm familiar with restoring the shine to silver but not gold.

 

Thanks again,

Badger



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 02:14

If it is just tarnish, gentle polishing with a silver cloth should do the trick.

Most gold-electroplated trim is high-karat and won't tarnish, but gold filled trim has a thicker layer of lower-karat gold (typically between 12K and 18K) which will tarnish just like silver, albeit more slowly.

 

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 22:35

If it is just tarnish, gentle polishing with a silver cloth should do the trick.

Most gold-electroplated trim is high-karat and won't tarnish, but gold filled trim has a thicker layer of lower-karat gold (typically between 12K and 18K) which will tarnish just like silver, albeit more slowly.

 

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David

Many thanks for your reply. I'll give a silver cloth a whirl on tuesday and let you know how it goes.

 

Cheers,

Badger



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 17:27

As an update the cloth worked well. Thanks for the advice!

 

Badger







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