Paint Stripper Harmful to Chrome?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dtripoli, Nov 20, 2012.


  1. dtripoli

    dtripoli

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    Bought a beater Squier P-Bass for cheap.
    Previous owner spray painted the chrome hardware black;
    Bridge, tuners, string tree and strap nuts.
    If I buy all these parts from stew-mac along with volume pot and knobs, I'll be into it more than the bass cost.
    I'm thinking to just dip the tuners in stripper then brush and hose them off?
     

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  2. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    If you take everything completely apart it shouldn't hurt anything.

    If you want to be really safe soak the parts in DOT 3 brake fluid. It will lift the paint and not discolor the chrome. It will even lubricate the parts and you will not have to use water on them.
     
  3. dtripoli

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    Good idea brake fluid, I have dot 4 on hand which I am sure is the same result
     
  4. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    DOT 4 will work but it may take longer. It isn't quite are hard on paint as 3 is. DOT 5 will not hurt paint at all.
     
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  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Brake fluid definitely can lift paint, and it's water soluble to make clean-up easy.

    Afterwards...probably a good idea to use a DROP of oil - or - since WD-40 was designed to displace moisture - spray sparingly with WD-40.
     
  7. dtripoli

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    Here are the progress pix.
    *The bridge is not worth fixing. Missing saddle screw, rusty and pretty much toast. I ordered replacement.
    *Tuners I will Brake fluid dip this weekend and let you know/see the results.
     

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  8. dtripoli

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    *Headstock picked up the paint from the tuners. I guess he put them back on before the paint cured. The tuners will cover the paint but I will know it's there. I'm thinking maybe a light sanding then a clear coat?
     

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  9. 1958Bassman

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    OK, but it will also contaminate the finish. It's not easy to remove all of the silicone.
     
  10. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love... Supporting Member

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    I used Strip-X stripper (the 30 min version) for a used SWR grill... no damage at all.

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  11. SurferJoe46

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    Sand as far as you need and use this stuff:::

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    You'll love it and it's idiot proof!
     
  12. dtripoli

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    Thanks...that products looks like just what I need.
     
  13. dtripoli

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    BTW, here the front of the headstock before it was disassembled.
    And yes, the D string was strung backwards and that is years of grime on the nut
    I still have high hopes of turning this sows ear Squier into a beautiful Precision silk purse.
     

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  14. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    Looks to me like Strip X contains methylene chloride. As a rule I'd stay well away from any product that contains methylene chloride. Look at the material safety data sheet. Carcinogen and the only respirator approved for protection against the vapors is a supplied air/air line type. Your standard cartridge respirator won't cut it.

    Every time I have conducted air sampling in places that used methylene chloride, even for relatively short periods of time I found exposures well above permissible levels.
     
  15. SurferJoe46

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    Yup - I'm surprised that Cal OSHA allows it yet, but here's their assessment of it:::

     
  16. dtripoli

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    Please, no more Cal-Osha details. For God's sake, we aren't applying this stuff daily in huge quantities. I deal with OSHA on a weekly basis with work and those guys spend more time justifying their need for existence than actually safeguarding workers.
    We are talking bass repair here not government oversight.
     
  17. SurferJoe46

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    Well - if you're a lab rat, it would be interesting.
     
  18. dtripoli

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    This here "lab rat" successfully removed all traces of paint from the tuners, strap nuts, screws
    and tree without enduring the wrath of Khan or Cal-OSHA.
    Took tuners apart and soak everything except the plastic spacers in Dot 3 Brake fluid.
    Let sit over night then brushed with a soft wire brush. Afterwards, cleaned off brake fluid with
    Dawn dish washing soap and water, then dried. Lightly WD-40'd the gears.
    Unfortunately the previous paint-happy owner had used a fine grit sandpaper on the chrome
    to rough it up so the black paint would adhere better. Looks OK and sort of has a relic'ed look to them.
    Getting this beater Squier has been a great way to learn basic bass repair without the worry
    of damaging an expensive instrument
     

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  19. SurferJoe46

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    People like that need their thumbs bent severely.
     
  20. waterboy

    waterboy Supporting Member

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    Lost my coffee on that one. Good stuff. :D
     
  21. dtripoli

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    Rebuild/repair went great. Got everything back together. P-Bass has a great tone and decent playability.
    This bass was born in July 03(was stamped on neck butt end) and never had a damn thing done to it except abuse. Neck had never been adjusted and even with many turns on the truss rod over a 3 day period, still has a slight bow. I guess the wood compressed from years of being allowed to be bowed. Other than that, it is now my bass at arms length when ever I get the urge to play w/o having to unpack my gig bass. I thought I'd have to replace the pickups but they are solid and great tone.
     

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