How to clean rusty '66 Telecaster bridge?

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  1. KG7IL

    KG7IL TDPRI Member

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    I can't ... I can't bear to read any more.....
    NO... NO....NO.... Don't use the Dremel. Put the Dremel down and walk away from the Dremel.....

    NO.. on the reloading burring tool. NO NO NO.

    Flitz polish at best.... It's only original once. Spend a lot of time before you mangle original parts.

    Use a magnifying device and see what's going on.
     
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    I've always determined where the string is breaking by seeing how long the remaining piece of string is...
     
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    If you want to remove the rust, you can use a bath in oxalic acid solution (sold in hardware stores as "wood bleach"). It won't touch the chrome, but will completely emulsify all the ferrous oxide given enough time and a solution of the correct strength. Then the ball of tinfoil rub can be used to shine the metal back up, as jvin248 says above. The vintage steel bicycle enthusiasts do this all the time -- it won't touch paint either. You'd have to do a bit of research (I suggest site:bikeforums.net) to determine the right molarity (how much water to how much oxalic crystals) to use.
     
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    I clicked on the title expecting to see the ruins of the Titanic. I would just wipe that thing, it looks great! I have shiny parts on a partscaster and they're blinding (I'll trade ya :))
     
  5. David Barnett

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    Okay people, chill. Or read the whole thread before responding. I've already agreed not to deface the bridge.

    All I want to do is deal with the parts that touch the strings.
     
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    You can get rid of the rust by using White Vinegar.

    What happens is it separates the Oxygen from the Rust Fe2O3

    It does nothing to Metal on it's own contrary to all the BS you will read online.

    Another thing you can use is Naval Jelly

    I've used both and the only thing left over was some black stuff called Smut.
     
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    For the plate - spray on some WD-40 and wipe with a minimally abrasive cloth (I use an old Sham-Wow).
     
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    Glad you decided not to remove all of your Mojo!
     
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    i use a nice stiff dollar store paint brush to clean the bridge, pickup, and headstock areas.

    if ive spillt something on there i just use a slightly damp old sock or t shirt or maybe a costco wipe.
     
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