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Remove silver plating
I have a copper bowl that was silver plated. It appears the bowl was in a fire and that most of the silver was removed leaving just a small section around the inside of the bowl lightly plated. I've cleaned most of it up the best I can with home cleaning products. How can I remove the rest of the silver?Jan Davis
- Worthington, Ohio
Have you tried polishing your piece with a 4" buffing wheel and jeweler's rouge [affil link] compound? If not, you can find them at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware and/or TrueValue centers.
I believe you'll need to use the wheel with an AC drill (Not battery powered cordless) and should make sure you have the right wheel and compound polish for soft metals. I would definitely ask for assistance--I just finished my research and will be making my purchase today.
Good luck and have FUN! : )
- Higganum, Connecticut USA
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