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I see many articles about cleaning and removing tarnish, but that is not my problem. I recently bought replacement pieces that had a high shine compared to my old stuff. When I looked closely at my old stuff, I could see thousands of tiny scratches from years of use. Can I get the gloss back?

I imagine there should be some abrasive product that can remove some enough metal to eliminate the scratches. Then if it leaves a satin finish, a finer abrasive should restore the surface to "optically smooth." Is this possible?

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Hi Victor and thanks for your interest;
Just like permanent press clothes wrinkle, drip-less candles drip, stainless steel scratches and discolors.
Over time the surface of all all metals develop a patina that is charming but when they get too distressed they need to be refinished. That's when hand polishing won't do and machine resurfacing is called for.
That involves dissolving surface deposits that might have built up over the years then shining the metal on a polishing wheel with compounds starting with a coarse grade going to a finer and finer grade till you get the bright high polish that matches the less distressed items.
This is best left for those experienced working with stainless as it is much harder than most non ferrous metals and requires compounds specifically for this.
If I can be of any more service, let me know.
Enjoy your stainless,
Mitch Paul  

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Mitch Paul

Expertise

Identifying and dating Sterling, Coin and Silver plate. Finding difficult to find marks on silver. Not involved in weaponry,jewelry or musical instruments (this is best offered by those working full time in those fields) Not involved in valuing or appraising items.

Experience

Conducting restoration events in fine jewelry, china crystal & silver stores and bridal registries from coast to coast. Primarily involved in restoration, plating & repair of heirloom, decorative, presentation items. Flatware, hollow ware, dresser ware, alter and religious items and personal goods.

Organizations
Society of American Silversmiths.

Education/Credentials
Mostly attending lectures and researching goods submitted for prospective restoration and repair. With a background in infectious disease / public health and spending hours and years over a microscope, it makes finding those hidden, diminished and difficult to locate maker marks a welcome challenge.

Awards and Honors
The only entry I can place here is the interest of establishments hosting our events season after season and many repeat customers.

Past/Present Clients
Upon request and best based upon locality.

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