Rusted strings

Discussion in 'Beginner's Q&A Forum' started by Aerosmith, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Aerosmith

    Aerosmith New Member

    Its rainy season out here, and my bass strings have turned blackish due to some covering. how do i remove this thing??
  2. walk_alone

    walk_alone **~~| An Atheist |~~**

    Copper wires have tendency to get oxidised that is also known as "tarnishing".
    Best thing is u can keep ur guitar covered in a rexene case/cover.
    Change ur strings...orif u still wanna use same old ones then use vinegar and surf excel to wash them.

  3. Johny Bravo

    Johny Bravo The Boy Genius!

    ^^^ Yea use surf excel, or even better, HCl. It will get that black coating back twice as fast!

    Dude all u gotta do is take those strings off, and boil them in plain (distilled recommended) water for about 15 minutes (15 minutes from the time when the water starts boiling). Then take em out and wipe them hard with a discarded towel. Then use a hair dryer to remove any moisture in them. This should take care of that rust. Works on all my acoustic or electric strings. It even gets back that new-string brightness to them. Dont know about bass strings though, never played one. Hope it helps. Rock on.
  4. walk_alone

    walk_alone **~~| An Atheist |~~**

    I dint know that detergent really does that to the string...i dint face such problem wen I did it once.
    maybe wat Johny said wd help better...try and see.

  5. Johny Bravo

    Johny Bravo The Boy Genius!

    Every polar compound does that to metal. Be careful with those. Detergents contain nascent chlorine, which readily reacts with the metal to make salts (thats the black coating). Its basic chemistry yaar!
  6. infinite aaz

    infinite aaz Member

    Hi aerosmith, man you can remove the blackness of the string infect the rusty dust by using a polish called BRASSO, it’s a metal polish available in both forms liquid or paste, but personally I suggest u the liquid. A n important precaution or place butter paper or any glazy paper behind the strings or on the fret board then by tissue paper softly apply the polish to the strings and after few minutes 2 or 3 rub the strings with tissue paper, I think you got the method, u ll sure got the results.
    Anyways keep rocking
  7. Saptashaw

    Saptashaw PRO Tabber

    Change your strings. Remember, the rust doesn't come out of thin air entirely. It has some material from your strings too.
  8. prit_undead

    prit_undead New Member

    now someone's talking sense @saptashaw
  9. ambush

    ambush _RASTA_man_

    or go out and buy a new string
  10. cronix

    cronix New Member

    Are u nuts..... HCl will totally ruin ur strings....
  11. Johny Bravo

    Johny Bravo The Boy Genius!

    ^^ Buddy thts what I meant..... Read it again. Though on second thought, it dont think it would "totally ruin ur strings". As most bass strings are made of Nickel, and nickel is not a very reactive metal, quite down on the reactivity series. So it may not cause a fast reaction with the HCl, but its gonna exponentially accelerate the rusting process.
    I wonder why dont the make Aluminium strings. It would get rid of that rusting to some extent.
  12. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

    Don't be cheap. Buy new strings.

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