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removing chrome tarnish?

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  1. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

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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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    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!
     
  3. Pappy

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    So Tartan, how exactly did you find this out?
     
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    ruger9 Country Gent

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    never heard THAT ONE before...
     
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    Anyone ever use NAVAL JELLY ?

    I've used Coca-Cola on my bike parts.
     
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    g6120 Gretschie

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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 .
     
  8. Cassady

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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.

    Cassady
     
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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...

    Cassady
     
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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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    We used to use Coca-Cola to loosen
    rusted lug nuts on wheels...

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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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    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"?:eek:

    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!:D
     
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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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    Brasso was a no-go. The chrome is shinier now, but the fingerprints remain.
     
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    UPDATE:

    The tuners aren't chrome, they're NICKEL-PLATED.
     
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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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    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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