How do you repair a deeply scratched flute?

Asked by: Tonya Robinson

How do you get scratches out of a flute?

Use a cloth made for use on flutes.

These are my favorites (click on any highlighted word to link): Silk and microfiber. There is one more cloth that is good for working on the tarnish: The last item that scratches our flutes is usually quite deceptive. Believe it or not, it’s your cleaning/tuning rod.

Can you buff out scratches on a flute?

It’s always best to be careful to avoid scratching your flute, but if you do ultimately have some surface scratches, they can be polished out when you send it in for regular maintenance.

How much does it cost to Replate a flute?

Flute & Piccolo Repair Prices

Flutes Average for Playing Condition Complete Repad*
Closed Hole $80.00 $310.00
Open Hole $100.00 $360.00
Low B Foot Add $30.00

How do you restore an old flute?

And what we're doing is putting a little sponge here and kind of rubbing it on a little bit until we get the luster to come back and some of the tarnish to come off.

How do I make my flute shiny again?

And try not to get the crown here cleaning the inside a little bit with your finger the little mouth hole. You want to just go in little motions like that. And usually that gets it nice.

Can I use silver polish on a flute?

When you’re polishing a flute, don’t use silver polish or other liquids. Although it can be tempting to give your instrument an extra shine, liquid polish isn’t recommended because it can damage the instrument’s finger pads and cause the metal to rust.

Can I use Windex on my flute?

The answer to this question is yes, you absolutely can use Windex to clean your flute but should definitely avoid your headjoint cork as well as your pads so as to not damage them when doing so.

What can I use to polish my flute?

Here's the silver tip and you'll want to use neoprene gloves when you use this because it's not good to get your hands into I'm going to put half of the flute into here so you can see the difference

What kind of cloth do you use to clean a flute?

A Silver Cloth

If you notice that your flute is looking tarnished, a silver cloth will almost certainly do the trick. Silver cloths are very mildly abrasive, and so should be used just once in a while on a lightly tarnished instrument.

Can you restore a flute?

In all likelyhood there will not be any problems playing a tarnished flute. Chances are that you will have a hard time restoring it to the original condition, but you can prevent it from getting worse, and maybe make it look a bit better than now.

How do you Repad a flute?

How to Replace Your Flute Pads

  1. Step 1: Remove Flute Keys. Before you can even think about re-padding your flute, you’ll need to spend some time removing the keys first. …
  2. Step 2: Remove & Measure Flute Pads. …
  3. Step 3: Insert New Flute Pads. …
  4. Step 4: Finish Up.

How do you clean a heavily tarnished flute?

To clean a tarnished flute, start by rubbing down the flute with a silver polishing cloth and then use an anti-tarnish silver polish with a microfiber cloth to rub the area until the tarnish slowly disappears.

What is the brown stuff on my flute?

Flutes turn brown due to tarnish. The tarnish is the result of a chemical reaction between the silver of a flute and the various compounds it comes into contact with. Tarnish on a flute is not an immediate problem, and will not significantly affect the sound of a flute.

Can you use rubbing alcohol to clean a flute?

Never use silver polish or any other cleaner on your flute. To clean your flute use “saliva” or rubbing alcohol on your cloth. To keep pads clean, don’t eat candy or chew gum before playing and never while playing.

Why is my flute turning black?

What causes tarnish? The very dark almost black looking tarnish is caused by exposing the silver to sulfur. In the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere, silver forms a film of silver sulfide which is black in color. When silver sulfide forms on the surface of your flute, it darkens the silver.