Tarnished Pickup Covers

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by Gunrunner, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Gunrunner

    Gunrunner Blues and Bird Dogs

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    Hey gang, anyone know of anything to restore pickup covers to their original luster? I’ve used Flitz on jewelry and guns, works great but I don’t know if that would be too aggressive on pickups. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Mike
     
  2. TwoNotesSolo

    TwoNotesSolo Student Of The Blues

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    I thought you were going to ask how to tarnish new pickups so they would look more aged :)
     
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  3. Gunrunner

    Gunrunner Blues and Bird Dogs

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    Ha! Different strokes, as the saying goes
     
  4. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    #4 CaptainMoto, Dec 6, 2018
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  5. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    I’ve used Nevr Dull to polish metal since I was a cadet in the 70s. Just my zwo Pfennig Wert.

    http://www.nevrdull.com
     
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  6. straightblues

    straightblues Blues Newbie

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    Whatever you do, do not use steel wool. It will attach to the magnets and could short out the pickups. How do I know? Well, I was polishing my frets and got some steel wool dust in the neck pickup and killed it.
     
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  7. Mickey Duane

    Mickey Duane Used To Be A Rock Star

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    That's nice to know - think I killed a couple pickups 30 years or so ago - didn't know

    Peace
     
  8. Many Moons

    Many Moons Biking+Blues=Bliss

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    I've been using Solvol Autosol on my motorcycles for about 40 yrs, and have never been disappointed.

     
  9. snarf

    snarf audiences like their blues singers to be miserable

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    I've recently started drinking the Music Nomad koolaid. They seem to have some pretty good stuff out there. I've got the polish linked below, and it seems to be as good as any, but I haven't tried it on pickups yet. Both links go to the same stuff, just one on Amazon and the other on the Music Nomad site.

    Amazon

    Music Nomad site
     
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  10. JN99

    JN99 Hang Fire

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    Me too but was Airman and '80s (y)
     
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  11. brent

    brent Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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    We used bug juice (a Kool Aid type drink) in the Navy. It worked to shine any metal. And yes, it was served on the mess decks and wasn't too bad.
     
  12. Silicon Valley Tom

    Silicon Valley Tom It makes me happpy to play The Blues!

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    In the 1960's, as an Airman, we used Blitz Cloth! :)

    Tom