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How to best clean gold hardware?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Indi86, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. As the title says: The gold plating on my Fender FMT Jazz's tuners has pitted/bubbled a bit. What's the best polish/cleaner/method to clean this up
  2. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I don't have a good answer for you, but be careful. If you decide to try any type of polish/compound/solvent test it first. I managed to turn a gold bridge chrome once by using the wrong type of polish.
  3. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    I use napatha. More commonly available as Zippo lighter fluid.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Most of this stuff is actualy a base metal, with a very thin gold coating - if you work too hard on it - you'll just succeed in rubbing it off!! ;)
  5. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    I bought a 82 p-bass special that had badly pitted gold hardware, I got a can of "Gibson guitar polish" and it removed all pitting. This can be bought at most music stores.
  6. Yeah, I know it's just a thin plating level. I'll try to pick up that gibson guitar polish. There's a couple of gibson dealers I can get to- I'm sure I can find it easy enough.

    Thanks TB.