Tarn-X Tarnish Remover Gives Instant Shine

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Tom Kraeutler from The Money Pit demos Tarn-X Tarnish Remover, a fast, shining solution with a wipe-and-rinse formula that gives your favorite pieces instant sparkle.

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Tarn-X is Destructive to Silver!

As a silver restoration and conservation specialist, I have many years of knowledge about chemical dips, especially Tarn-X. I routinely receive objects for refinishing due to damage from this horribly destructive product (see some examples here: http://www.hermansilver.com/tarn-x.htm). Tarn-X works by dissolving the tarnish (and silver!) on an object at an accelerated rate. Tarn-X will quickly remove factory-applied patinas (if left in the solution for more than a few seconds) or gradually (if dipped quickly each time the object requires cleaning). You'll notice a soft white surface develop over time. Tarn-X will quickly strip the shine from silver, leaving a dull, lifeless appearance. Tarn-X will cause pitting of the object's surface. These surface defects will act like a sponge and more readily absorb tarnish-producing gases and moisture. The object will eventually require professional polishing to restore the original finish. Tarn-X is made up of acidified thiourea (a known carcinogen). Acids are corrosive and will damage silver, niello, bronze, stainless steel knife blades, and organic materials such as wood and ivory. Tarn-X, when used on objects that have sealed components, such as candlesticks and trophies with hollow feet, or teapots with hollow handles, may leak into the cavity through small holes or imperfections in the joints. At this point, it becomes virtually impossible to wash the chemical out. If you're working on a baby cup with this type of rim, do you really want an infant drinking from it after using Tarn-X? So why would you recommend this product?