Which product for worn hardware

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  1. OmegaSlayer

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    I have a 1989 JEM77 that I haven't touched for ages.
    Reason being the fret that have been reduced to unplayability after 27 years...
    I DO WANT to refret it but I can't find a luthier I trust (in Italy) as it's not only an old instrument, but also something that has deep and fond memories.

    Anyway...back to the point...after maybe 1 year and a half I put it out of the case for a re-string (even if it is unplayable, it's better to keep that tension) and I noticed that the Lo Pro Edge worn out very very bad...not rusty but it seems some way corroded.
    Is there some product to recover it a bit?

    Thanks.
     
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    WD40 usually works pretty good for rust IME.
     
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    You don't need to buy anything. There are a variety of household items you can use to fight rust or corrosion. Anything acidic from vinegar to lemon juice can help, but they might take quite a while to really work. You can also make a paste out of a number of things such as baking soda. Before you go spending any money, google it and try the easy DIY solutions. I've used WD40 on several Floyds and it never did a single damn thing.
     
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    I took a rusty Floyd from an ESP apart a couple of weeks ago, sprayed on some WD40 and left it for a few minutes. Wiped clean with a paper towel and almost all the rust was gone.
     
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    I tried with something that is more or less like WD40.
    I had left it there from around 20 hours ago.
    When I'll be back at home it will be around 24 hours, I'll check what has happened in the meantime.
    And I purchased vinegar, baking soda, salt, potatoes and lemons to check the other DIY ways.
    Thanks guys, I'll keep you up to date.
     
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    Edge is taking a vinegar bath...
     
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    Vinegar worked pretty well, thanks a lot guys.
    There are still places on the first saddles where the finish/metal is gone for good, but there's no product putting that puts it back :lol: :(
     
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    Malkav Washing your dishes.

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    Just to add to this discussion if anyone can help, I have an RG321 that's saddle height screws are seized from gunk/human juice and I was wondering if there's any advice anyone might have on what I might be able to apply/soak it in to return it to functionality?
     
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    If you feel to remove the bridge, soak it in vinegar and it should work, every now and them remove the junk with a toothbrush.
    Just...don't go for more than 10 hours.
    The 24 hours I used were too much.
     
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    Malkav Washing your dishes.

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    Cool, I'll give that a try, I have already taken the bridge apart and off, so the saddles are independent now so soaking them won't be difficult :)

    Thanks :yesway:
     

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