#1
Hi guys, a couple of my guitars are in need of some deep cleaning. Every time I restring I do the neck and body, but the metal hardware I think is in need of more of a deep clean.

By this I mean the Floyds, tuning pegs, locking nuts and volume/tone knobs. They are rusted and dirty to varying degrees and I think the guitars would look a lot better if I cleaned them.

So what I am thinking is dismantle the above parts and stick them in white vinegar for a day or two, then scrub off the dirt and rust with a toothbrush. Would this do the trick? Any alternatives?

Cheers.
#2
i use #0000 steel wool. try it in a inconspicuous area first though. i had a very corroded kahler from a donor guitar, and it really worked wonders. i also have used it to polish frets, and on other hardware pieces

HOWEVER- DO NOT GET IT NEAR THE PICKUPS

DO NOT GET IT NEAR THE PICKUPS

if you do, tape off the pickups with painters tape and be really careful. if you get a little bit of steel frayed off onto a pickup, it can cause a short and wreck your pickups.
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#3
CLR is great for cleaning rust and corrosion off guitar parts. Liquid wrench is good for cleaning out threaded holes.
#4
Quote by trashedlostfdup
i use #0000 steel wool. try it in a inconspicuous area first though. i had a very corroded kahler from a donor guitar, and it really worked wonders. i also have used it to polish frets, and on other hardware pieces

HOWEVER- DO NOT GET IT NEAR THE PICKUPS

DO NOT GET IT NEAR THE PICKUPS

if you do, tape off the pickups with painters tape and be really careful. if you get a little bit of steel frayed off onto a pickup, it can cause a short and wreck your pickups.


So presumably in the case of like a Floyd you would fully dismantle it before using the steel wool?

That's interesting about the pickups, why could that happen?

Also would you suggest soaking the hardware in vinegar or similar to loosen up the dirt before scrubbing away?
#5
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So presumably in the case of like a Floyd you would fully dismantle it before using the steel wool?

That's interesting about the pickups, why could that happen?

Also would you suggest soaking the hardware in vinegar or similar to loosen up the dirt before scrubbing away?



I'm going to guess it's because if it contacts the coil in 2 places, then bad things happen.
#6
I'd just use the 0000 steel wool. Try to take off all the hardware before cleaning it and after use a magnet to suck up any steel wool that may have stuck to the parts and may get knocked free while playing.
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#7
i wouldn't bother with vinegar. steel wool will do you fine.
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#8
I'd suggest using a larger ultrasonic jewelry cleaner first. This will remove dirt in places you can't get to. Follow with an ordinary toothbrush and then another run in the ultrasonic.

Don't use steel wool. If you've gotta use something scratchy, use bronze wool, the finest you can find http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=0000+bronze+wool&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=62949088145&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4632704744794651671&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_9d0ej7ec_b

Bronze wool won't rust if shards of it get caught somewhere out of sight.

There are some good hardware cleaners out there (NOT on the guitar -- remove anything being cleaned): http://www.theruststore.com/Cleaners-C14.aspx

There are *real* rust removers out there. Don't bother with home hacks, etc. http://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Removers-C1.aspx

And finally, store your guitar IN the case with the lid closed, with a VCI emitter inside the case:

http://www.theruststore.com/VCI-C12.aspx

Wipe your guitar down after use and clean it fairly thoroughly during string changes.
WAX your guitar (yes!), especially the metal bits, with a good carnauba wax product (NO silicon waxes). This includes the finish. Pledge is not a good carnauba wax product.