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  • #31
    Originally posted by Pauly View Post
    Ha, be interesting to see how that compares to using deruster. Pic stories are ALWAYS welcome! Hope it emerges somewhat newer looking!
    I may be stopping by Home Depot tomorrow for some, because I let it soak a good 24 hours with only minimal results. I further disassembled it and am resoaking it again tonight.

    Here's a photo after the first soak (before shot included for reference).

    Can you recommend any (hopefully not too expensive) deruster? I'm looking to spend as little as possible on "restoring" this guitar because all I want to do is sell it.

    Also, hotlinks of images from my server:
    before: http://nion.be/stratrestore/IMG_0459 copy.jpg
    after: http://nion.be/stratrestore/IMG_0464 copy.jpg
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    • #32
      Well, I just killed some time this evening working more on restoring the Strat.

      I did some research online on how to clean up the frets, and as it turns out, ordinary silver polish did wonders.

      Pictures are, as they say, a thousand words, so in order, the pics are as follows:

      1. Wide shot of frets before before: link
      2. Closeup shot of frets before: link
      3. Closeup of before/after on adjacent frets: link
      4. Wide shot of frets after: link

      5/6 - Example pictures of other things I need to clean up. It might be easier to replace the screws than trying to clean them: link
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      • #33
        I actually have no idea about deruster but metal is metal, I'd imagine you'll have a little joy with whatever you can find and since we're on different continents I'm guessing we won't have the same brands anyway, so hard to recommend even if I did know. Clean up is going well so far, you'd be surprised how different a guitar can look if you give it some TLC!

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        • #34
          Did you try the polish on the screws ? Take a light sandpaper to the top of them if polish does'nt work. Not the pickup poles they may break doing that. Take the screws out of course, the polish may damage finishes.
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          • #35
            Originally posted by Pauly View Post
            I actually have no idea about deruster but metal is metal, I'd imagine you'll have a little joy with whatever you can find and since we're on different continents I'm guessing we won't have the same brands anyway, so hard to recommend even if I did know. Clean up is going well so far, you'd be surprised how different a guitar can look if you give it some TLC!
            Makes sense. Yeah, it's definitely looking better since I've put some work in it.

            The bridge and related hardware still have a little rust left on them after 2 nights in Diet Coke. I'm gonna give them another night and scrub with a toothbrush.

            Originally posted by AllroyPA View Post
            Did you try the polish on the screws ? Take a light sandpaper to the top of them if polish does'nt work. Not the pickup poles they may break doing that. Take the screws out of course, the polish may damage finishes.
            I haven't tried polishing them yet, no. I need to pull them all out of the guitar before I do it, though. The saddle screws are the worst though because they were 100% exposed.

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            This is certainly an adventure. Does anyone even know how much MIM lefty strats go these days? This is a 2001-2002 model.
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            • #36
              Originally posted by nion View Post
              This is certainly an adventure. Does anyone even know how much MIM lefty strats go these days? This is a 2001-2002 model.
              Between 200-300US at auction sites ...sometimes more 8)
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              • #37
                Let's hope I can get on the upper end of that range. I definitely need it to finance the 7 haha
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                • #38
                  Yesterday I stopped by Ace Hardware and picked up some 3-in-1 oil and 0000 grade steel wool. I then set out for some heavy duty cleaning. I spent several hours (slightly distracted, as I was watching a movie at the same time) giving the bridge and screws a good once over.

                  The end result, is well... nearly 100% better than what I started with. Not 100% of the rust is gone but it looks a ton better. A night and day difference.

                  Bridge after
                  Closeup of body after
                  Body after
                  SIDE BY SIDE BEFORE/AFTER BRIDGE
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                  • #39
                    Wow, better ? I'll say I told ya so .... and you were worried ... hehe
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by nion View Post
                      Let's hope I can get on the upper end of that range. I definitely need it to finance the 7 haha
                      2006 on up models have upgrades which pull in more coin ....
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                      • #41
                        Grats on the clean up, looks sooooooo much better.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by AllroyPA View Post
                          2006 on up models have upgrades which pull in more coin ....
                          d'oh! You're not supposed to tell me that kinda stuff! :P

                          Guess age doesn't count for everything :|
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by nion View Post
                            d'oh! You're not supposed to tell me that kinda stuff! :P

                            Guess age doesn't count for everything :|
                            My '96-'97 model is still one of my favorite players, and I could'nt sell for what it would be worth for me to part with it. 8)
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by AllroyPA View Post
                              My '96-'97 model is still one of my favorite players, and I could'nt sell for what it would be worth for me to part with it. 8)
                              A fine looking specimen, sir.

                              Did I mention I still have the original ziplock baggy it came with, complete with tags, trem bar, paperwork, etc; as well as a Fender gig bag? I don't think I did.

                              Only thing I don't still have is the Fender sticker. I sold that on eBay in a lot with a bunch of other stickers years ago.

                              Having all the other stuff has to count for something though, right? haha
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Pauly View Post
                                Grats on the clean up, looks sooooooo much better.
                                Thanks man... it's a night and day difference for sure. I'm waiting on the strings I ordered to get here (tomorrow) and then I will restring it and play it. Then, more pictures and it goes up for sale.
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