How to clean Peavey Silver Stripe Bandit faceplates?

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  1. evanjones99

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    Good day!

    Can anyone advise of a way to clean the faceplate and the strip below the faceplate of a silver stripe Peavey Bandit (the bit I’m pointing at in the photo) without removing the printing?

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    Unsurprisingly, the Internet is divided, with suggestions ranging from carpet cleaner to diluted Simple Green, so now I don’t know who to trust.

    Any guidance appreciated.

    Thanks

    Evan
     
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    JK. I like Bandits.

    I vote for light pressure with a "Magic Eraser".
     
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    I would start with a damp rag.
     
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    ^^^^^this
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Damp rag then Magic Eraser (if required) it is!
     
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    Just a damp rag, maybe a little detergent to loosen grease. But damp, not dripping wet.
     
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    Rub it lightly with a pencil eraser. Gojo hand cleaner is also good. Make sure you get the original non abrasive type……Gojo works great for cleaning up old furniture too.
     
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    Jeez, neither of my Bandits are that clean...
     
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    Magic Erasers are abrasive I wouldn't use one, they can dull shiny or painted surfaces.
     
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    Don't laugh but Armor-All foam spray (try in a small spot with a Q tip) and check for results. Works great on black panels.
     
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    A little Dawn detergent will probably work, then move on to Simple Green, then on to Nev R Dull. Start with as mild as possible.
     
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    Good evening (in Australia)!

    Given subsequent responses, the order of attack was altered.

    I still started with a damp rag. Result was good but I wasn’t satisfied.

    Next up was damp rag + detergent. Great result, and I feared going any further may result in me wishing I had a five-second time machine, so I stopped there.

    It isn’t “purchased >20 years ago, put in cupboard and forgotten”, but I’m very happy with how well it scrubbed up.

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    I haven’t put the Sheffield back in because I have a Texas Heat (originally purchased for a Chinese red stripe Bandit before this USA silver stripe appeared on Marketplace) on its way.

    Thanks all for your guidance.

    Cheers

    Evan
     
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    Evan, I see you've already done the cleaning on yours, but for the sake of future readers of this thread, I'll chime in with my experience. (This is the kind of thread that will come up in a search, so even if it's accessed months or years later, the information could still prove useful.)

    About a dozen years ago now, I bought a Peavey Studio Pro 112, a part of the same silver stripe TransTube series as the Bandit you're asking about. Bought it off of eBay, and when it arrived, I brought the package indoors and cut open the box. The stench of stale cigarette smoke was overpowering. My wife was about 20 feet or so across the living room from me, and she could smell it from there.

    The way I cleaned that Studio Pro was with the diluted Simple Green approach you asked about. After careful cleaning, I set it out in the sun to dry/air out. That worked well, and the Simple Green did not remove the printing on the black panel or the silver strips. The pic below of the Peavey amps I had (at the time of that pic, 2009-10) was after said Simple Green cleaning. It's not a close up of the Studio Pro 112 (on the right) but you can tell the printing wasn't removed by the cleaning.


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