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Jul 22, 2019 - 12:15:17 AM
9 posts since 5/28/2019

I recently aquired a Stelling that has some surface oxidation and really just needs a good cleaning. I bought some simichrome, will that take off surface oxidation? Or do I need to use something to get the surface oxidation off then use the simichrome to polish?

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:05:03 AM

4698 posts since 5/14/2007

I would try a good quality polishing cloth and some elbow grease first. Is the plating chrome or nickel?

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:11:04 AM

Bill H

USA

1257 posts since 11/7/2010

Alcohol works well as a cleaner and will not erode the finish. I always try that first. Then wipe and buff with a soft cloth.

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:18 AM

csacwp

USA

2259 posts since 1/15/2014

Only used dish soap and and water. Otherwise you will remove the plating. Avoid anything abrasive.

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:58:16 AM

1499 posts since 10/12/2011

Personally I've always used semichorme. I've never had an issue. But I would try to wash as much off before using the semichrome. Plus it leaves a protective film on it which makes it easier to clean later on. A little goes a long way.

Scott

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:58:53 AM

9 posts since 5/28/2019

It is nickel

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:18:57 AM

218 posts since 4/14/2017

I bought my tube of Simichrome from Stelling, so I know he trusts it on his banjos. I have a question along the same lines. I've heard that if it's really starting to corrode-green, which must be the copper, I suppose- someone on the Hangout recommended two parts water and one part ammonia. I have tried that with moderate success on some really old tuners but would still like to hear more opinions.

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:41:42 AM

289 posts since 1/28/2013

A Luthier told me a couple of years ago that, when you add up all the money you spend on cleaning agents, time and gas spent going to buy them, time spent trying to clean the armrest, it's easier and just as cost effective to buy another armrest.

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:56:24 AM

Fathand

Canada

11375 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

A Luthier told me a couple of years ago that, when you add up all the money you spend on cleaning agents, time and gas spent going to buy them, time spent trying to clean the armrest, it's easier and just as cost effective to buy another armrest.


What about the rest of the banjo? When I got my Stelling, I had to take it apart and did everything on a buffing wheel with rosin, armrest, flange, hoop, hooks, nuts, tailpiece and tone ring. It had accumulated 27 years of crud.

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:08:03 PM

2311 posts since 4/16/2003

THIS is the stuff you want:
https://prismpolish.com/product-category/prism-polish/

It's non-toxic -- rub it on with your fingers.
You can rub a lot of the grime off that way.

If fingers aren't enough, use some paper towel -- you WANT the slight "grittiness" of the fiber in the towel to work on the surface.

Then, polish with a soft clean cloth.

Best product I've ever used for cleaning the plating on a banjo.

Note:
I'm wondering if it's still in production.
I see ridiculously high prices for it at amazon and ebay.
I'd try the company's web page first.
The 7oz should do fine.

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:35:36 PM

9 posts since 5/28/2019

My main question is will the simichrome get the green oxidation off? Or do I need to get that off first then use the simichrome?

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