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    Tarnished Silver Plate Issues

    Hello all,

    I have some silver plated items I was trying to remove the tarnish from. Some of it came off easily...and yet some of it will not budge.

    What I think the issue is, is that as the silver is very thin...I believe that somewhere between the thin layer of silver and the vessel itself oxidation has been able to occur due to compromised adhesion. Think of an old mirror where the mirror coating has become blackened with spots.

    And there isn't a way to get underneath, between the plating and the vessel, to remove the tarnish without destroying the object...near as I can tell.

    It's only a slight disappointment at this time. Didn't spend very much on the articles anyway. I'll just re-goodwill them I suppose.

    Any thoughts on the subject are welcome and appreciated.
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    What is the base metal? This, and the type of polish used, could be contributing factors to your problem.

    Time for more coffee.
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    Learned that lesson about silver plate years ago when I thought it had some collectible value. Some plate is thin and wears off with polishing or use and there is no way to bring it back.
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