Sometimes, as a faithfully devoted husband, concessions are made when it comes time to decide how my time is spent. This post is a detailed account of one aforementioned concession.
On a recent innocent trip to a local second-hand store to pick up some vintage picture frames for Renegade, my dear wife spotted this fancy silver tray/dish/thingy. The second she saw it, she squealed with delight and proclaimed that it would be her new jewelry/lotion/perfume catcher-aller on our tiny bedroom dresser. (I swear she resembles a curious raccoon in her immediate attraction to shiny things!) Ten dollars later, we were out the door with no frames (womp-womp), but we did have a shiny, if not scuffed and slightly tarnished, tray/dish/thingy.
After the rest of our errands were run, we returned home and busted out the gloves and our favorite metal polish, Eagle One Nevr-Dull. Generally used on grills, raw metal, chrome auto parts and manly things, we’ve used the stuff on lamps and other effeminate interior bits in the past with largely great results.
You can see how effective (we thought) it was working – the polished side is there on the left. Shiny, right? (Er, left. Shiny, left, right?) Kim’s inner raccoon was squealing with delight!
And here we have the shiny catcher-aller in all it’s lotion holding glory. Admittedly, it was looking pretty swell…
Until it all went to hell in a hand-basket! Dang! Look at all that nasty yellow tarnish! Tarnish! No more than a week later, the yellowing was back to worse than it was when we brought the tray/dish/thingy home.
Unwilling to admit defeat – and wearing a new shirt – I got to work with our second favorite metal polish, Brasso. Normally used around here to polish clocks, we figured it would be a great fit for the unknown alloy that plated the tray/dish/thingy. (Oxidation? Maybe? Any science-y friends who’d like to chime in?)
It’s a bit tough to see in the photos, but it seemed to be working…
Until a few days later when it wasn’t. Dang again! Here’s a photo that should look familiar.
I’m at my wit’s end! What kind of impenetrable mystery alloy am I dealing with here? What kind of cruel joke is the universe playing on me? Why won’t this darn thing stay shiny and silver?
I’m calling for help on this one; there are no telling markings on the bottom of the tray/dish/thingy that might give valuable clues on how to properly maximize it’s raccoon appeal. Is there a way to determine what polish might keep it shiny for more than a few days, or are we forever cursed to tarnished nonsense?