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Old December 3rd, 2008, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering what you guys use to remove tarnish (from hand sweat/oils) on the chrome bits of your guitars. I've got "chrome polish", but before I use it, I thought I'd check in with you guys. I'm going to be very craeful, of course, but don't want to hurt anything (like pickup surrounds and whatnot) if I use the "wrong" product.

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Old December 3rd, 2008, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Believe it or not, the best tarnish remover I have ever found is dry cigarette/cigar/pipe ash. Sprinkle some on, rub in with a paper towel. Repeat if necessary. Doesn't leave scratches either. It will remove tarnish from chrome, silver, nickel, gold, platinum. However, it won't do much for aluminum or iron/steel oxidation.

Best of all, if you know a smoker, it's free!
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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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So Tartan, how exactly did you find this out?
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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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never heard THAT ONE before...
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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone ever use NAVAL JELLY ?

I've used Coca-Cola on my bike parts.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i like instruments that look like they have been used not beatup and a little tarnish along with some playing ware well to me that gives a guitar a bit of character .


there are many options on todays market that can do what you would like to do so it should not be a problem finding a safe product .
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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I use Simichrome polish on the nickel plated pickups on one of my guitars and it works very well. You can probably find it at your local neighborhood Harley-Davidson store.

I've seen the ash trick used to remove tarnish on a silver band and it seemed to work very well, too.

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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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naval jelly... I used to use that on my bikes too. I actually tried to find some locally, and NO ONE had it... Home Depot, Lowes, Sears hardware, nobody...
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I'd be leery about naval jelly unless you want to artificially age parts--I think that's what some of the people doing relics use on their metal parts to cause (not clean up) corrosion...

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I'd be leery about naval jelly unless you want to artificially age parts--I think that's what some of the people doing relics use on their metal parts to cause (not clean up) corrosion...

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I agree with that... naval jelly is extremely strong and is primarily designed as a rust solvent, not a tarnish remover.


As far as the tobacco ash trick goes, I actually learned about it as a kid. My parents were huge antique buffs, and I was going to antique auctions at the age of three. It is a widely known practice in antique collecting circles.
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I've used Coca-Cola on my bike parts.
We used to use Coca-Cola to loosen
rusted lug nuts on wheels...

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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a satisfactory answer I guess. I was kind of hoping to hear "well I was walking with my now-burnt-out pipe and tripped and the ash went all over my tarnish covered guitar and as I was cleaning it up I realised it cleaned the chrome!"
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OK, so the pickups cleaned up nicely with windex.

The tuners & signature plate, however, are another story.

They have FINGERPRINTS on them. Like, permanent. Well, windex won't take them off. I tired a magic eraser, it didn't work either. I mean, oil from the guys hands tarnished fingerprints into the keys? So now I'm down to giving Brasso a try... "cleans & polishes brass, pewter, chrome, copper, & stainless."

Any objections?
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So now I'm down to giving Brasso a try... "cleans & polishes brass, pewter, chrome, copper, & stainless."

Any objections?
No objections here. I'd use a SOFT cloth and perhaps let it soak in a bit. The worst it could do is strip the chrome off.


Don't you hate people with "acid sweat"?

Just kidding... folks can't help it if they have corrosive perspiration-- but if they do, they just need to stick to playing the banjo!
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I used Brasso one time on some
brass plated fishing lures... Took
the finnish off...

Of course we used it in the Navy,,,
and it did a fine job...

My thinking is,,,(and that could be
dangerous) is it will work good on
something that is solid brass,,, not
so good on something that is brass
plated...

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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Brasso was a no-go. The chrome is shinier now, but the fingerprints remain.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
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UPDATE:

The tuners aren't chrome, they're NICKEL-PLATED.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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OK, so nothing so far works. Keep in mind, these "fingerprints on the tuners" aren't real noticeable... unless you're LOOKING for them, I doubt you'd see them. Just thought if maybe there was a way to remove them...

I still find it amazing that FINGERPRINTS... PERMANENTLY... "oxidized"? I don't know... into the tuning heads. Never seen that before.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Just replace them...otherwise they will drive you crazy and you will end up selling the guitar!
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I rub feces on my chrome parts to get the tarnish out. Works like a charm. Just make sure to wash your hands several times or you'll be stink-palming people for days...
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