Cleaning gold hardware?
I pickup up another guitar last night and all the hardware is gold and all the hardware is VERY dirty/tarnished. I think the poor thing has sat in some pretty rough conditions, though there is virtually no fret ware so I don't think the tarnish is from sweaty hands. I have done some searching on the net and found many opinions on what to clean the hardware with, but nothing i would trust yet except soap, water, and elbow grease. Does any one know of a product that, without a doubt, will NOT remove the gold finish but does a great job getting the junk off. I disassembled the guitar last night and used just a cloth and just rubbed the 6th string side of the bridge and got it shiny, but there was some stuff that wouldn't come off....
Some possibilities I heard were:
naphtha, acetone, lighter fluid, jeweler's polish, toothpaste,never-dull, wenall (metal polish, which i have)