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How do you repair sickness in sterling silver



(-----) 2006

I have purchased several pieces of sterling silver with small scattered black dots on the surface. I understand these black spots are called "sickness".

How is the best way to remove this sickness from sterling silver?
When I tried polishing by hand it not only took forever but I had mixed results. Should I use a Dremel [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] tool and buff the various spots out?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Michelle Isserman
antique dealer - St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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2006

I haven't heard that term "sickness" myself, but try to clean silver by contact with aluminum in a solution of washing soda [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] as described in several letters here, including letter 4785.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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