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Jul 13, 2014 04:49 PM

Anyone ever get gold wash applied to your silver?

I am tired of rushing salad forks or fruit spoons from the table. In the old days, many pieces came with gold washed bowls. Has anyone taken table silver to have spoon and fork bowls gold plated? were you happy with the results?

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  1. Could you provide the appropriate post since that thread is pretty long.

    Why do you rush the utensils away?

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    1. re: c oliver

      Any silver can react to acids in such as vinegar or to salt and turn black. Gold wash is an old solution that isn't used much anymore.

      1. re: law_doc89

        I've not experienced that. Are you talking about sterling or plate?

        1. re: c oliver


          It only has to happen to you once to make you pay attention. Those black spots that can appear on silver are a chemical change.

          It isn't cheap, and I have about 50 pieces that would be appropriate for the process.

          1. re: law_doc89

            So it's not tarnish? I've read that one way to check whether something is fake is by dropping a little bit of a certain concentrated acid on it. The fake turns green and the sterling a cream color.

            1. re: c oliver

              Yup. But I don;t want to spend a lot to find the results are either inadequate, or ugly.

              1. re: law_doc89

                Sorry. I wasn't clear. Can you use silver polish and remove the stain?

                1. re: c oliver

                  With tarnish, yes. Sometimes you can turn the black spots grey, but if you have a chemical reaction due to salt or acid, the silver is changed forever. That is why fish, acid,salt, utensils have SS blades tines, or gold wash, or sometimes, mother of pearl.

                  1. re: law_doc89

                    I think you need to talk to a pro. I don't use my silver all that often but I've never been concerned about the things you describe.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Nor have I. I've never seen silverware with stainless tines.

                      1. re: Bigjim68

                        Only the knife blades have SS as far as I know.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          The blades are stainless because silver does not make for a good cutting edge.

                          1. re: Bigjim68

                            Many fish forks, for instance, will have hollow handles and stainless tines.

      2. These folks will do it for you.

        Frankly, I don't see much of a need, with the possible exception of silver serving utensils that may stand in fairly acidic foods, e.g., a berry spoon.

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          1. re: kaleokahu

            Although the website for Zapffe Silversmiths does not say so, the shop is located in Mesa AZ. I have used this shop several times for repair/restoration and have no qualms about recommending Blix Thompson's work.

            1. re: Sherri

              Hi, sherrib:

              Zappfe has a large presence here in Seattle, too.


              1. re: kaleokahu

                Hi Kaleo, I'm just plain Sherri; I believe there is another poster named Sherrib.

                Glad to know that Zapffe Silversmiths has more than one location. Perhaps the OP is closer to Seattle than he is to AZ. Wherever he is, I know that my experience has been stellar and I hope the same for him.

          2. reading the replies, I am guessing that gold wash is very old and something many haven't seen. My fear is that while very old pieces with gold wash (I have a set of ice cream forks) look great, but I fear that a bright new plating on bowls and tines may look garish.

            1. The only pieces that I have with a gold wash are salt spoons to help avoid corrosion. But, there is no need to rush pieces that have been in contact with acids to the sink. When you are through with the meal is plenty of time to get those things washed.