Cleaning Chrome Parts

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by KeithBMI, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. What does everyone use to clean the chrome parts (tuners, bridge, control plate...) on their bass. Will Windex do the job? or is there something else I should use?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I just wipe mine off with a clean soft cloth. Some people like to use a Blitz cloth, but I find it to be overkill unless it's really bad off.
  3. When you get the older parts with the greyish patina on them, that's usually a varnish from smoke. When I do a resto or full blown setup, I remove the tuners and soak them in denatured alcohol to break this film. That's not the only stuff that will do it but it's the safest and best. Windex won't break down this film but will bust up most other greasy coatings. BTW, learn the difference between chrome and nickel parts. Nickel is a darker metal with less of a mirror quality to it's reflection. Nickel will "tarnish" and that can't be cleaned off any other way than polishing with a compound.