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'Silvo' is a domestic product used in the cleaning of silverware and silver pieces. The abrasive wadding works by smoothing scratches and minor indents in a piece of silver, reducing the effect of them, and making the product look more pleasing on the eye.
Practical uses can be on CD and DVD disc's or any other media disc for that matter, to reduce the effect of the scratch. 'Silvo' is more advisable over 'Brasso' (a similar product from the same company for cleaning brass and copper objects) because it is less adhesive and so you can be much more careful when using it on delicate items.
The pink wadding (brown for 'Brasso') comes in a tin all matted together, and full to the brim. Though not a lot if needed for a small silver piece, it's good that they provide you with a full tin... I like to get my money's worth. It's easy to tear a small piece off so you can get to work on the silverware that needs a much needed shining up.
Not only will 'Silvo' work on practical elements such as CD and DVD scratches, but when it comes to silverware it can also be used as a polish, genitally smoothing down the surface of the piece and giving it that all important shine.
Using 'Silvo' however isn't a job to be taken lightly, especially when i's being used as a polish. With being an abrasive, it leaves tiny marks on the item, of course these are so small that you won't really notice them, but to ensure that they aren't noticed, the best method is to rub the piece in one direction only, this way lining up all the tiny marks and creating a nicely finished piece. It may sound like you'll get this added texture to your silverware and that it might cause some damage, this certainly isn't the case, but on close inspection you may be able to see the lines, so as a precaution, which takes no more effort, rub in one direction.
I used 'Silvo' as part of an A Level technology coursework piece, in which I created a silver item, and this worked wonders at the end of my project when I wanted to shine up, and remove any small manufacturing scratches. I was amazed by how shiny I actually got the piece. Of course, the more you use the wadding, the shinier the piece, so don't go overboard, you'll get a feel for when the piece is shiny enough.
I remember buying a tin of 'Silvo' from my local DIY store, and it cost only £3. As far as value for money, I'd be quite happy to pay £5 or more due to the amount of wadding you get and for how long it lasts and also the quality of results!
If you don't have a tin in your cupboard it's a must have if you have silverware - get it out before your dinner party and the guests will think the cutlery is brand spanking new! Marvellous!
Manfacturer: Brasso / Type: Liquid Silver Polish / The original liquid version of this silver polish.