General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

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General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (loverickbass) » Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:40 pm

What's the best way of cleaning up a sliver Hawaiian without taking the plating off the metal?

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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (jps) » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:54 pm

loverickbass wrote:What's the best way of cleaning up a sliver Hawaiian without taking the plating off the metal?

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Something really small?
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (loverickbass) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:30 pm

Here's the grim in question. How do I get this stuff off?

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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (jps) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:46 pm

That looks like more than grime, is there rust and corrosion on it?
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (loverickbass) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:08 pm

Yeah, it's looks like rust.
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (jps) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:25 pm

Hmm, that will be very tough to remove without some plating also. What is it plated with? Perhaps re-plating it would be a solution (assuming you are a player first and not worried about collectibility). This way the metal can be properly taken care of.
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (loverickbass) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:39 pm

Unfortunately in this case, I'm a collector. I can't play this thing if my life depended on it. haha Maybe I'll just leave it as is.
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (jps) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:58 pm

Come on, you can learn to play it. 8) Then you don't have to worry about collector value! :wink:

Since PW is back around these days, you might want to check in with him, but before doing so you may want to find out what the guitar is plated with. Is the body made of aluminum? Maybe it is just a polished finish, or do you know that it is, in fact, plated with something?
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Re: General cleaning of 70+ years of grime and crud

Postby (loverickbass) » Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:07 pm

Well I am trying to play it, but it so different than the usual fretted Ric. lol.

It's a 1937 Silver Hawaiian btw.
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