I have spots on my bridge and knobs! HELP!!

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  1. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    A picture tells the story. Can this be alleviated? 20170604_082758 (1).jpg
     
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  2. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    As the bass came this way, I don't know how it happened. It's a 2004 Ibanez SR900.
     
  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    try a rag damp with vinegar
     
  4. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    White distilled variety?
     
  5. that looks like what happens when a person has corrosive sweat, and it starts reacting with the finish.
     
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  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Oxidation.

    Post from biker forum:
    "* SO HERE IS THE TIP........... Aluminum FOIL. thats right aluminum foil. all you need is a little folded up piece of aluminum foil and some water. Wet the foil and with some gentle pressure scrub the effected chrome concentrating on small areas at a time. at first it will feel ruff and will slowly smooth out. you will see the water getting dark which is actually the two metals creating a chemical reaction and forming its own polish. The water acts as a lubricant and aluminum foil is softer then the chrome so it wont (shouldnt) scratch the chrome. it should be a quick process. ex each mirror took about 1-2 min. switch the foil every now n then."
     
  7. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    Ick.
     
  8. We call that the funk. Just means your bass as reached a ripe age of extra funkiness.
    It'll still probably outlive any one of us.
     
  9. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    A little rock-n-roll oughta fix it!

    Just play it and enjoy.
     
  10. bassstrangler

    bassstrangler

    Mar 2, 2015
    AZ
    It honestly doesn't bother me. I wouldn't have bought the bass if it did. The rest of the bass is immaculate. I was just wondering if there was a simple solution. If not no biggie.
     
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  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm not sure if it would make a difference if it's balsamic or cider vinegar, LOL
    but I've always used plain white (clear) vinegar
    I've got a gallon jug of it under the sink!

    because I broil/poach stuff in it
    when there's not enough pickle juice in the fridge
     
  12. Who doesn't like some pickled peppers or veggies!
     
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  14. 4dog

    4dog

    Aug 18, 2012
    Yup acidic sweat does that......mine grows barnacles,sucks but part of some lives.
     
  15. Mark_70

    Mark_70

    Dec 31, 2013
    Minnesota
    Nice relic job !
    Regards
    Mark
     
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  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Oh, and a friend of mine recommended for all things,,,
    If you've got spots on your knob, you should soak it in cider.
     
  17. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    If it's nickel, it may be able to be buffed out. Chrome...gotta get it redone.
     
  18. mattpnolan

    mattpnolan Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    It doesn't fix anything, but Flitz Polish did wonders for my bridge and knobs that had similar corrosion!
     
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  19. In engineering terms, this is called white corrosion. Sweat, high humidity environment will results on this. I'd check with the manufacturer to understand the bridge and knobs material and finish and then using a mild acidic solution like some recommended, clean it and keep it dry. Lemon (Citric acid), vinegar (Acetic acid) are pretty good with this in general. Forgot one thing: Store your bass in a low humidity environment.
     
  20. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Yep...
     
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