can nickel/nickel plated strings be boiled

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ms747, Feb 21, 2003.

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  1. ms747


    Aug 10, 2001
    hey guys jsut wondering can nickel strings such as ernie balls be boiled like stainless steel strings?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You can but you <b>shouldn't</b>.
    Water and heat promote oxydation (also known as rust), and induce thermal stress on the string.

    Use alcohol instead (room temperature!!!). I use an old mixed pickles jar, fill it with alcohol and leave the strings in there overnight. Doesn't matter if nickels or stainless steels.

    BTW: There's also a nice link in the string FAQ.
  3. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    IME nickels take boiling WAY better than stainless. I've had stainless strings come out of boiling sounding worse than before they went in.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Soak them in denatured alcohol. Not rubbing or isopropyl alcohol. That stuff has water in it.

    I soak strings in denatured alcohol, and they sound darned near as good as new, and stay fresh as long as a set of new strings.
  5. Try methyl hydrate (gas line antifreeze) at room temperature.
  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    check the faq for all your string boiling desires

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