Gold plating is a thin layer of gold plated on the surface of another metal. Gold plating offers an expensive-looking finish that is lustrous but also low cost. A few items made with gold plating are musical instruments and jewellery. Gold plating is resistant to tarnishing, but it is also fragile because the layer of gold is so thin. Polishing gold plating requires a gentle hand.
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Things you need
- Cotton cloth
- Polishing cloth
Dampen a clean cotton cloth with water.
Wipe the gold plating with the cloth to remove the dirt and oils from the surface. After cleaning the gold plating, the item may have a more lustrous appearance because the dirt dulled the sheen. In many cases, simply wiping is enough to get the metal to shine again.
Polish the gold plating with a polishing cloth made for gold. Gently rub the gold plating to restore the shine. Too much pressure will remove the thin layer of gold.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using metal polishes on gold plating. These products are too strong for the delicate layer of gold.
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