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    Default Removing rust from a case hinge

    I just got a tkl case in a trade and one of the hinges has a good amount of rust build up (otherwise the case is in good shape). Any tips for how to remove some of this? I'm not expecting it to look new, but it would be nice to put a dent in it. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Removing rust from a case hinge

    Quote Originally Posted by nkellstadt View Post
    I just got a tkl case in a trade and one of the hinges has a good amount of rust build up (otherwise the case is in good shape). Any tips for how to remove some of this? I'm not expecting it to look new, but it would be nice to put a dent in it. Thanks.
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    1 dip a cotton swab with liquid wrench/penetrating oil and let it sit, wipe , repeat-this is very effective ,but you must let it sit, perhaps for several hours-

    2 0000 steel wool-this or courser wool will work, but it will leave very fine scratches-probably not an issue if rusted

    3 if its very bad, a dremel tool with wire buffing wheel will work-wear goggles always

    4 a good metal polish after the above, usch as Flitz or Simichrome

    ive personally used all of these techniques and they work-they are very controllable.

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    An old trick in the auto restoration world is Coca-Cola and a piece of aluminum foil. Let the soda soak for a couple of minutes and then rub it with the foil.

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    A good product for removing rust used to be called "Navel Jelly", I don`t know if it is still being made or not, try a hardware store and ask for it....Just wipe it on and wipe it off after a few minutes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by George R. Lane View Post
    An old trick in the auto restoration world is Coca-Cola and a piece of aluminum foil. Let the soda soak for a couple of minutes and then rub it with the foil.
    If you don't want the stickiness of the Coke, try a little white vinegar. It's the carbonic acid in the Coke and the acetic acid in the vinegar that do the work. The vinegar is stronger so you my want to start by diluting it a little.
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    Hoppe's No. 9 powder solvent (available at gun shops), meant for rifle and handgun bores, works pretty good.
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    Default Re: Removing rust from a case hinge

    The white vinegar method is common for dealing with old hand tools and antiques.

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    Default Re: Removing rust from a case hinge

    Personally,i'd stay clear of anything liquid that might affect the case covering. I'd use one of the small,brass bristled, suede shoe brushes that you can buy & simply brush the rust off after masking around the hinge to prevent damage to the covering. After that,an application of any lubricant such as 3-In-One oil, which contains a rust inhibitor should work fine. A smear over the hinge with your finger is all you'll need. I've cleaned rust from more than a few banjo cases in my time & they all worked ok afterwards.
    Any bits of rust that do stay on,will only help stop the hinge becoming rusty once again,
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