Metal Polishing Myths, Half Truths and Lies
13. Regular polishing is the best way to protect
Occasional and rare polishing is the best way to protect.
A museum quality polish is not only very tame as an abrasive, it gives a long enduring finish. This keeps polishing at a minimum. When dusting or cleaning is sufficient to maintain a finish, then that is all that is necessary.
A museum polish should contain a PH neutral wax, if it contains any wax at all. After polishing maintaining the finish should be achievable by occasional cleaning with a museum quality wax.
The use of abrasives in a museum or on antiques needs to be rare and minimal.
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