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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:43 pm 
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I tried a search using key words without much luck,..

Long time flute player (Sam Murray) ,..recently acquired a tin whistle and the whole thing is made out of aluminum and has a lovely tone. Just played it for one hour to get use to it and when I was finished I had aluminum residue on my fingers, thumb and mouth pieces so I’m here to ask a question as to the residue.

Anything to be done to stop this rub off onto me?
Can I coat it with some clear whatever or something another- lacquer maybe?
I mean, whats food-grade for this type of application?

I guess if it comes down to it I could live with the stuff on my hands and wash when finished. But my mouth, well??

I don’t want to eat aluminum the rest of my life. I’ve re-joined Chiff&fipple to see if I can get answers from here,.. I look to your insights. Anyone?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:56 am 
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Try wiping the whistle with a white paper towel and see if any residue comes off. Oil etc often gets used to manufacture tubing, and also during machining.If so, give it a good wash with dish washing soap and water.
I'd think that many lacquers or polyurethanes are safe once they're fully cured. You might try clear nail polish where your lips touch the mouthpiece.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:54 am 
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brewerpaul- I just did that very thing last evening before I read your msg. I was giving it some thought and had some of the same ideas you mentioned as well. A little did come off so I played again and still had the same results albeit a bit less but still had the 'stains' left on me. I was unsure of the dish soap so I will take your advice and try that as well.

I had mentioned the nail polish to the wife and she thought it a bad idea since it was going to be in my mouth. As to the lacquer the hard part will be to allow a full cure as I am playing this new pipe everyday ;)

Appreciate the input- Thx!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:01 pm 
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An instrument repair person could lacquer it for you. Not sure what the cost would be. I think the lacquer they use would be non-toxic.

Piper Joe


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:38 pm 
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piperjoe!! Good to know as I hadn't realize that. Thx very much


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:41 pm 
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brewerpaul-

I did try the dish soap and you know, for the most part it did clear it up. The remnants on my mouth don't show hardly at all. And the hands show very little after hours of playing. Just to follow up and let you know how it turned out.

If it continues I'll try the method piperjoe suggested.

Thank you both


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