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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, August 2018, Consulting the Silver Expert

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman

Car Wax for Tarnish Protection

In addition to well-known Renaissance Wax, another tested and proven long-term tarnish protectant is non-toxic Meguiar’s Quik Wax. I tested both waxes on a large plated waiter and placed it in my kitchen and then my workshop, as I felt that would approximate a real-world test. After one year, both waxes had prevented the formation of tarnish. However, I prefer Meguiar’s over Renaissance for three reasons: it is non-toxic, easier to apply and buff, and less expensive.

Meguiar’s Quik Wax is applied to metal by spraying, and then buffing with a cotton cloth. Though non-toxic, Meguiar’s should not be used on flatware or other surfaces that will be used to eat or drink from. It can, of course, be used on the exteriors of coffeepots, creamers, and the like. Meguiar’s can be found in most auto-supply stores.

Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email jeff @


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