Can Brass Instrument Get Wet? (Explained)

can brass instrument get wet
Written by Corey Morgan

Can my brass instrument get wet

The sound of a brass instrument is distinctive and beautiful. It’s also loud, which makes it perfect for outdoor performances or any situation where you need to be heard over the noise of other instruments. But what if your instrument gets wet? Will it still produce a sound? The answer is yes-despite not being recommended, there are cases where getting your instrument wet simply cannot be avoided.

However, it’s important to remember that water can damage metal and wood on an instrument, so make sure to dry off as soon as possible and use a light coating of oil to protect the metal from rusting. You should also avoid cleaning your instrument in water- only use a dry cloth and never submerge it in water because this can also damage the instrument.

Can Brass Instruments Corrode or Rust From Exposure to Water

Brass instruments can corrode and rust from exposure to water, which can ruin the instrument. However, this is not a common occurrence and can usually be prevented by drying it off as soon as possible and applying a light coating of oil to prevent metal from rusting or corroding. You should also be careful when cleaning your instrument-use a dry cloth only and never submerge it in water.

What Can I Do if my Brass Instrument gets wet?

If your brass instrument does get wet, make sure to dry it off ASAP. If it is hot out, leave the instrument in a shady area to dry. You can also use a hairdryer on a low-heat setting to speed up the drying process.

Before putting your brass instrument away after playing, make sure not to leave it wet and allow any moisture inside to evaporate before storing it. Additionally, oiling the instrument can both help prevent it from rusting or corroding.

How Can I Clean My Brass Instrument?

You should always clean your brass instrument on a dry cloth only-never submerge it in water. If you do need to clean off dirt, wipe with a dry cloth. You can also use a small bit of dish soap and some warm water to clean the instrument, but make sure it has dried fully before oiling.

How to care of your brass instrument

  • Caring for your brass instrument is important to ensure that it stays in good condition. Here are a few tips on how to care for your brass instrument:
  • Always use a soft cloth to clean your instrument. Never use any type of cleaning solution or water.
  • If your instrument starts to sound off, you may need to have it serviced. Take it to a professional who can clean and polish the brass.
  • Be careful when transporting your instrument. Make sure that it is properly padded and protected from damage.
  • Keep your instrument away from extreme changes in humidity. These dramatic changes can cause damage to the lacquer or silver plating that coats your brass instrument.
  • Don’t rest your hands on the bell of the trumpet. Though it may be tempting, resting your hands will allow skin oil to build up and possibly corrode the part over time.
  • Keep your instrument away from direct heat. Any type of direct heat can warp the metal and damage the varnish.
  • Don’t store your instrument in the trunk of your car, especially during summer months. The temperature extremes may cause serious damage to your instrument.
  • Store your brass instrument in a case when you are not using it. This will prevent scratches and other damage that can affect the brass.
  • Never put your instrument away while it is wet! It may end up with rust spots and be in bad condition when you take it out next time.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article! If you have any questions about caring for your trumpet, leave them in the comment section.