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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Black Hardware Cleaning (Rust)

Hey, guys!

Recently I bought cheap Washburn MG-40 (Mercury) for restoring purposes. The wood parts are in perfect condition (the body was refinished), but the hardware parts are covered with soft rust. What products/methods should I use to clean them without remove the black painting?


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2016, 10:20 AM
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Re: Black Hardware Cleaning (Rust)

Hi lospider,

if it was me I'd have that trem taken to bits and given a good scrub with WD40 and an old toothbrush. Then wipe each part down with a cotton rag and rebuild. Make sure it's well wiped down though because if you get any WD40 in or on the wood of the guitar it will stain it.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Black Hardware Cleaning (Rust)

Thanks, GoodVaibes! I'll try that!
Some folks suggested Naphtha, but I think it's too abrasive. So, I'll experiment with the WD-40 first...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-28-2016, 05:54 AM
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Re: Black Hardware Cleaning (Rust)

vinegar does the trick for me
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