Superior Shield will keep silver polished for many months

About this time of the year I get many emails about polishing silver. I always ask if the silver is plated or if it is sterling, because it does make a difference. Polishing silver actually removes a small amount of the silver to reveal clean metal underneath.

Plated silver is not all created equal. Some décor pieces are lightly plated, and if you use polish too much, you will remove the silver plating. So always know what you are working with.

A safe cleaner is one that says “mild.” If you have silver plate, look for a cleaner that lists that specifically on the label. I like Wrights’s and Howard’s Silver Polish. Both of these products mention safe on silver plating. If you have sterling, you can use a stronger formula. But those smell so bad. If polishing silver is not your favorite job, let me remind you about Superior Shield.

Superior Shield was invented by Robert Diffendorf. He revolutionized the marine industry by inventing a superior coating for the teak on his boat. What is great is that you can also use that product on metal, like your silver décor pieces. Spraying those pieces with Superior Shield will keep them looking polished for many, many months.

We have a silver-plated piece that we polished at the store. On one side we sprayed it with Superior Shield. The other side we didn’t. In a couple of months, the unprotected side was tarnished. The side that was sprayed with Superior Shield still looked like it had just been polished. That protection lasted for several years.

But what about other uses? If you have a front door handle that you have to polish, protect it with Superior Shield. And older brass bed, trays and lanterns are all protected with a coat of Superior Shield. Polishing serving pieces for Thanksgiving and Christmas is a chore. When you’re finished, spray them with Superior Shield and when you get them out next year … they will still look good.

Here is how to apply Superior Shield. Make sure you are outdoors, and the piece is clean. Hold Superior Shield eight inches from the surface to be coated. Apply one light coat. (Practice first on cardboard.) WAIT ONE MINUTE, and apply another light coat. Please only apply light coats. You don’t want it to drip and run. So that’s what I mean when I say practice first … so you do a good job. This product has a strong smell, but it dissipates quickly. So, work outdoors. Protect areas from over-spray.

We have received many emails. And I try and respond to each one. But if it’s a “national emergency” and you need an answer ASAP, call me at the store. The number is 210-341-1573, and we can talk.

Now to the email …

Question: Good Morning! I have a home on Tiki Island, Texas. It is very close to Galveston. We are experiencing an infestation of large roaches in our kitchen. It’s very disgusting! I read about Clobber and would like to find out if it will work on them. Thanks very much.

Answer: Oh, I love Tiki Island. I went to many of a Chuoke Reunion there. My Aunt survived a hurricane there. But those bugs will not survive Clobber and VS102. It’s water based and will dry in 20 minutes. Spray the home, and then go take a ride down by the beach. Go eat at Guidos, have red snapper, and think of me.

Question: Hi Trudy, My husband and I enjoy your column in our local newspaper. Thank you for the wonderful service that you provide. During this current COVID pandemic, I have been tackling home projects, and one involved spray painting several rocking chairs. I did it on the concrete driveway and put newspaper underneath, but unfortunately it was a windy day and spray paint got on the concrete driveway. Can you recommend a product to remove the paint?

Question: Good for you! This is a great question, and I told you it would make the article. The product is made by Lift Off. There are four formulas, and the one that will work for you is Spray Paint and Graffiti Remover. You can use it on concrete. Lift Off also has a Latex Paint Remover, Ink and Marker, and Tape, Label and Adhesive Remover. They will break the molecular bond between the surface and the stain.

If you cannot find the products mentioned here locally, you can find them at

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