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Dealing with tarnished hardware

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by elwood, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    I have surface corrosion on the gold-finish bridge of m Yammy BB500A. I removed the bridge during a project and cleaned it up some time ago, but the corrosion comes back in time. Can someone recommend a treatment for the metal to prevent this (e.g. a kind of wax or something)?
  2. Your best bet is WAX like you've suggested. I'm sure there are some products specifically marketed for this, but I would thing any good auto wax or metal polish will do. You'll have to use it semi-regularly. Clean the hardware regularly, and then use the wax. Eventually, the gold will begin to pit, and Once that happens you won't be able to restore it to new condition.
    I would think that even some furniture polish wax, used sparingly, would help.

  3. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    Thanks, Mag, I'll go with that then. Barring anyone posting a specific product suggestion, I'll go see what I can find in the BORG along those lines.
  4. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Just a suggestion but I would hesitate to apply any kind of wax untill the corrosion is completely removed. Wax is really meant to protect a clean surface rather than to clean the surface. A coat of wax may very well make the corrosion harder to remove.

    There are only a couple of ways that the corrosion can be removed; either mechanically or chemically.

    A dremel tool with a cotton polishing wheel along with a bit of jewelers rouge should make short work of it, followed with a coat of wax to preserve the finish.

    If you want to go to the trouble of removing the hardware, almost all jewelers have sonic cleaners that should clean the hrdwr.

    You can buy a liquid jewelry cleaner that can be carefully applied with cotton swabs that attacks corrosion almost instantly. Be sure to follow with a coat of protective wax if you use the cleaner.

    Avoid any sort of abrasive cleaner because the plating is very thin and its not hard to cut right through it.

    good luck
  5. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    Great suggestions. I removed the bridge last time I cleaned it up, and can do that again. I like the jeweler suggestion best, since this bridge has a zillion parts. Dropping it in a bath would save a lot of time and be sure to get into the myriad nooks and crannies of the parts. Hope the jewelers equipment can accomodate a piece this size.