Re: [Harp-L] cleaning old (pre-war) marineband

I do the same except that I don't have an ultra sonic cleaner. For stubborn spots I use a wooden coffee stir. Wood will rub the rust but is too soft to harm the plating. 

On Dec 22, 2011, at 2:07 PM, Robert Coble wrote:

> Mike Price asked:
> "What's a good way to clean very old rust off the reed and coverplates from an old marineband?"
> I use Birchwood Casey Brass Cartridge Case Cleaner, mixed according to the directions on the bottle.
> I mix just enough for a 2-pint ultra sonic cleaner (2 teaspoons). I run the ultra sonic cleaner through
> at least 3 3-minute cycles. Usually, that is sufficient cleaning to remove all rust and gunk.
> Afterwards, I put the parts in an Efferdent dental cleanser solution (2 tablets; about 1 pint of warm
> water) until all fizzing stops and the liquid turns clear (about 10 minutes). During this process, I use a 
> very soft toothbrush to GENTLY brush everything clean. Be especially careful around the reeds, only
> brushing from the rivet end toward the free end.
> There are many different solutions that will remove rust from a harp. I've tried a lot, but like this one
> best.
> HTH,
> Crazy Bob

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