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Rusty pickup poles

Postby groovyw53 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:02 am

Any advice for taking rust off the pickup poles of a SR5? I bought the bass used last summer and I never really minded, but now I'm doing a complete clean-up and wanted to take away the rust, it looks quite thick btw.
What should I use very fine sandpaper or any products?

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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby harleyyy » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:25 am

I'd use Naval Jelly for rust. I would apply it with a Q-Tip, leave it on for 5 mins then use a damp cloth with water to blot it off. It's very caustic stuff
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby steveonbass » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:51 pm

poles down in a thin layer of oil could do it too - just make sure you only get the pole tips in the oil. I would avoid abrasive stuff if possible.
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:43 pm

steveonbass wrote:I would avoid abrasive stuff if possible.

Agreed, around the magnet...
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby groovyw53 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:37 am

steveonbass wrote:poles down in a thin layer of oil could do it too - just make sure you only get the pole tips in the oil. I would avoid abrasive stuff if possible.


do you mean olive oil?
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby steveonbass » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:43 am

no - like some 3in1 oil from the hardware store. Or a solvent of some sorrt
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby GonzoBass » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:09 am

groovyw53 wrote:...it looks quite thick btw.

Like, how thick?
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby aussiemark » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:49 pm

The rubber erasers used for ink (not for pencil) do the job nicely.
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby groovyw53 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:34 am

Ok, thanks guys, I'll try.

@Gonzo, about half a millimeter.
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Re: Rusty pickup poles

Postby Rhian Batson » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:53 am

aussiemark wrote:The rubber erasers used for ink (not for pencil) do the job nicely.


LOL wow Ive never heard of that one before. I'm totally going to try it as prior I was doing it like Pete with the Naval Jelly & Q-tip. (which also works great BTW) [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif] Thanks Mark
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