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Rusting on the pole magnets

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by AnirbanBASSroy, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. AnirbanBASSroy

    AnirbanBASSroy

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    i hope m posting it in the right forum. i really dont know what to do about this ad i am really worried. it has been around 3 years since i purchased my squier VM jazz. lately i saw that there is rust on the magnets of the pups. i am from india and it is pretty humid here, but i always keep my bass in a well padded softcase. i hope you guys can help me out.... :crying:
     
  2. sandmangeck

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    Sandpaper or a dremel. That's what I used on mine to clean them up
     
  3. Margus Alviste

    Margus Alviste

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    Cover the pole magnets with lacquer!
     
  4. delta7fred

    delta7fred

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    It won't affect how the pickup sounds, it just does not look very good.

    As already suggested carefully clean the rust off and lacquer the magnet tops to try to stop it happening again.

    I have seen the magnet tops painted, one bass I owned had bright orange paint on them. It did look a bit odd I must admit.
     
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  6. Mykk

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    Clean them and coat them.
     
  7. AnirbanBASSroy

    AnirbanBASSroy

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  8. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    You keep it in a well padded soft case that retains moisture! Keep it on a stand and it won't rust! Neither will your tuners.
     
  9. Eric Moesle

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    No need to risk scratching the pickup plastic, just use a standard pencil eraser, spin it on the rusted pole pieces.

    After you're done, you can either use clear finger nail polish to coat them, won't affect the sound at all, or even a tiny dab of clear oily lubricant.
     
  10. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    Isn't clear fingernail polish a common method used to protect pole pieces? My AVRI precision had a clear coating of some sort over the pole pieces. It quickly wore/flaked off.
     
  11. Tense Zombie

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    Yeah, what Petrus & Mr. Moesele said. There's a tip about this somewhere on the forum. I (carefully!) took the covers off my P pickup, cleaned them, then put a couple light coats of cheap drugstore clear fingernail polish. Replace the covers and you're done. Works great, and also keeps you from getting that ugly noise if your fingers hit the polepieces. Well worth the $5 investment, especially if you have sloppy finger technique like me.
     
  12. bobba66

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    Some people call it,"Mojo".
     
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    +1
     
  14. Road Bull

    Road Bull Supporting Member

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    One other thing. I would advise against storing things like basses under beds. The space between beds and the ground retain a lot of moisture and usually gets poor air flow circulation.
     
  15. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    Not to mention, a second time,the soft shell gig bag (read: sponge) he said he keeps it in.
     

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