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Old 05-06-2011, 04:09 PM
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I have both a 22/32 and a Perfected SS in mint/new condition, each made around 1916. Grips have the gold medallions but they are quite dark and detract from the overall looks.

Medallions are not corroded or anything. I would be afraid to use polish with rubbing, as I am pretty sure it would result in the same sort of 'un-natural' look you get when you polish a coin. I was wondering if anyone had tried chemically brightening tarnished medallions with any success?

Wish I had a set of junker grips with those medallions to practice on.
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I have used Flitz with good success. I apply a small amount with my finger and gently rub in a circular motion, cleaning with a dry soft cloth. It really brightens them up.

You can also use a pencil eraser to remove dirt and tarnish without damaging the medallions.
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I've used SemiChrome with Q-tips. Careful use of Q-tips can keep polish off the wood.

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Brasso works well also -just keep it off the wood.

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I appreciate the tips, but still am leery of using polish for the reason originally stated. I know there are chemicals used, for example, to "dip" silver in and they brighten the metal substantially without rubbing--just contact with the solution performs the brightening.

I don't know if the medallions are brass, plated with something to give the golden hue, or are brass all the way through and the alloy chosen to give the gold hue.

Like to hear more if anyone has ideas. Thanks, Ralph Boineau.
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