I have a Yamaha flute headjoint and it is dirty. Therefore I want to clean it so its appearance will be better. Can I use a car polishing cloth for this?
2As an aside to the answers given here. I would advise you don't use a cloth which has already been used to clean a car. There's a good chance you don't want the dirt which accumulates on a car to be near your mouth.– AJFaradayJan 14, 2019 at 11:39
I would not recommend it. The flute is silver or at least has a silver coating so a silver cleaning cloth may be more appropriate than car polish which is likely to more adjusted to gloss paint.
I once got recommended a paste intended for polishing pure metal for the keys of my bassoon.
Everything fluid has the disadvantage that you need to take care it does not reach the pads of the keys, which are easily harmed.
If it's a cloth that's impregnated, probably not. If it's just a soft cloth (for removing the polish) then, like any soft cloth, it'll be fine. I use non-abrasive polish for mine, carefully avoiding pads and moving parts, and the tarnishing - which is a sort of oxidation, I imagine - comes off.
Re: Can I use a car polishing cloth on my flute?
I would not recommend it. I have used polishing for silver jewelry on my flute. I would avoid any cloth that may an excessive amount of polish on a cloth. If you find the flute cloths are too expensive check out a jewelry supply catalog. I found some cloths for about 1/4 the price of a flute polish cloth. If your flute does not look like or sound like a car then, I would avoid it.