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Pukulele Pete
12-08-2009, 06:42 AM
Does anyone know what I should use to remove what looks like nicotine
on the metal parts on a banjo uke I am restoring? I have some parts soaking in dove dish soap and some in paint thinner , so far with no luck. I'm thinking of trying lacquer thinner. All the metal hardware has a brownish film on it.
It's not my nicotine, I don't smoke cigarettes. Now I'm thinking maybe some white vinegar will do the trick. Any ideas? Thanks.

Slick
12-08-2009, 07:11 AM
If you can isolate the metal parts try Goo Gone (http://www.magicamerican.com/googone.aspx)

dave g
12-08-2009, 08:08 AM
Are you brushing in addition to using these liquids? Just soaking isn't likely to help... I'd try some metal polish and a tooth brush.

Pukulele Pete
12-08-2009, 09:04 AM
The thing that seems to be working best is the white vinegar. I've taken all the metal parts off and they are soaking. Ill brush them with a tooth brush and then buff them with simichrome. I think the white vinegar will do the trick. Thanks