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Chemical Dips are Dangerous and Destructive!

Tarn-X tarnish remover is one of the most destructive silver cleaners on the market.
Read my review below before you ruin your silver and possibly your health!

 

An actual e-mail I have received regarding Tarn-X exposure...

 "Thank you for your post about Tarn-X. Unfortunately, I read it after I used the product
because I began to experience respiratory problems, even with only a few minute's exposure."

The following number will connect you to your local poison control center: 1-800-222-1222.


Tarn-X was used on this coffeepot to remove tarnish, but it also removed removed
the factory-applied patina. The image on the right shows the piece after repatination.

Tarn-X was used to remove the tarnish that formed underneath this coin's lacquered surface.
It also removed the factory-applied patina! The image on the right shows the piece after refinishing.

Below are two knife handles that were tarnished. The top was gently
polished with Earth Friendly Silver Polish, the bottom was left in Tarn-X for
exactly 20 seconds, then neutralized in water with baking soda. You can see that
virtually all patina was dissolved from the bottom handle, leaving a dull, lifeless surface.


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. (I mention Tarn-X more than any other dip because of its overwhelming market share.)

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?

Tarn-X should not be on the market. Tell your friends about this horrible product and have them take it to their next neighborhood toxic substance disposal day.

Stop using chemical cleaners with thiourea and learn the proper way by reading The Care of Silver.

 

Tarn-X MSDS (Manufacturer's Safety Data Sheet)

 
  
Additional products containing thiourea:
Ellanar Dip Instant Silver Cleaner
Empire's Instant Tarnish Remover
Goddard's Silver Dip
Hagerty Silver Dip
Medallion Care Tarnish Treatment
Midas Silver Tarnish-Off
ShineBrite Silver Dip
Weiman Instant Tarnish Remover
Wright's Instant Tarnish Remover


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Tarn-x is useless when used on silver. Tarn-x will ruin your sterling. Tarn-x will make your silver tarnish more quickly. Tarn-x, when used on silver, will require refinishing.
 Tarn-x, when used on sterling, will eventually have to be polished. Tarn-x will remove factory-applied patina. Tarn-x will only harm your heirlooms.
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