"New" strings with rust on them, can they be cleaned?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by phatcyclist, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. phatcyclist


    Jan 29, 2014
    Austin, TX
    I bought a bunch of strings "as-is" on eBay, and only one set was unused. However, these strings have a little surface rust on them.

    Now, I didn't pay much but it would be great if they could not be a total loss. Any ideas? Should I just pitch them in the trash?
  2. .
    If it were me I'd definitely want to at least try to resurrect them.
    Others (with more money than me :rolleyes: ) will no doubt say throw them away and buy new ones.

    Here's what I'd probably do:

    1. Give them a thorough rub with a Scotchbrite pad.

    2. Wipe them thoroughly with a Bass Brites cloth.

    3. Boil them in water for 5 minutes.

    4. Pull them out of the boiling water hot and let them air dry for 10 mins.

    5. Give them a rub with a GHS Fast Fret pad.

    6. Fit them to a bass and play away!
  3. phatcyclist


    Jan 29, 2014
    Austin, TX
    I dug a copper Chore-Boy pad out from under the kitchen sink and got after them. They seem to be good now, and I believe they are exactly the same gauge and type as the stings I have on my bass; GHS Brite Flats.

    I'm seriously thinking about swapping out the strings I have, although they're in good shape they've been tensioned on this bass for 25+ years at this point. Of course, I now have a good spare set too.