#1
Hi guys, I've recently got my hands on a slightly beat up USA special strat, the hss version. Plays really nice, even stays in tune for the most part but I really want to give it the tlc the last owner didn't. Nothing major but I'd like a little guidance, I have:
Rusted scratch plate screws
Grimy/rusty string saddles
Rusty bridge screws and bridge plate
A few surface scratches
What I'm after is ways to restore rather than replace, is there a particular agent I could soak the screws in to clean them up? What would work best on the saddles and bridge plate? And can the scratches be polished out all? Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance guys
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#3
Loctite has some stuff called Naval Jelly that will eliminate rust from most metals. http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/s_trmt_naval/overview/Loctite-Naval-Jelly-Rust-Dissolver.htm



If you don't want to sacrifice some perfectly good Coke, get some phosphoric acid (the active ingredient in Coke). Usually available in toilet cleaners, etc.
Try this (available at Home Depot): http://www.homedepot.com/p/Miracle-Sealants-32-oz-Fast-Acting-Phosphoric-Acid-Cleaner-CON-CLE-QT-SG/100672861

#4
Soaking everything in WD-40 for a couple days works wonders on this kind of stuff.  You will want to buy a jug of it and not an aerosol can and soak it all in a tub/container and give it a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush sometime in between and after.   The great thing about the WD is it is perfectly safe for the finish.  This is a common practice for cleaning  old rusty, crappy looking Floyd Rose's.  Make sure to completely disassemble the entire bridge before soaking and cleaning for best results.   



   
Last edited by Way Cool JR. at Jul 24, 2017,