rusting!!!???? what do i do???
Ok so i have a gibson explorer (EBONY) with a white scratch. But the screws on the scratch plate are rusting!!! is that a bad thing???? and if so what can i do??
rust? yikes. well, one good thing is you have real steel in those screws. aren't they usually coated a bit with chrome?
rusting occurs from moisture. you need to determine the source of the moisture. from you, the environment?
guitar parts age and change color without any real harm. be sure you have rust (oxidation) in the first place.
you can remove the screws one at a time and clean them. use steel wool.
Good assessment and answer. I like the steel wool idea too! I cheat, and rub my pickguard screws head-down on carpet to clean and shine them. Sometimes they tend to get rusty from sweat and acids in ours or other players' hands, but I like chrome. Only rarely, I seek out real vintage rusted screws, and I keep a supply of them and parts even now for projects. :shock:
On bigger rustiers screws, I use my auto buffer, because I don't have a bench wheel. Hang on tight or they go like bullets!
Stainless steel parts are a sure way to avoid that, available from neighboring 'states competitors Vintique and Callaham. 8)
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Thanks for the help, they sound like the could work for me. I live like 20 metres from the beach so i'm pretty sure the salt and moist gets to all the metal here and rusts. but ill give the steel wool ago :) that sounds easiest for me.Thanks for your help :) :)
I looked more closely at my strat. after more than twenty years of playing I do have two screws that are darker, having lost the bright metal look. the other screws are bright, as original. the two darker screws are next to where I play with my right hand.
I would not say they have rusted. they are merely darker from use and grime build up.
if you indeed have rust; oxidation that comes off then perhaps removal is important. if, on the other hand, it is merely dirt..I would definitely not touch it.