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Richard Sinkler


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aka: Rusty Strings -- Oakdale, California
Post  Posted 28 Jan 2019 2:08 pm    
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I have Lawrence 710's, and the pole pieces show some rust (??)/blackening from my wrist sweating on them. Is there a way to clean those up?
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 28 Jan 2019 5:39 pm    
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Well, if you don't have a Dremel tool, you can use a pencil or pen with a good eraser. Break or cut it off the eraser end so it's about 1 1/2" long, and chuck it in a small drill. Careful work will let you polish up the magnets without scratching the plastic. If you're not steady with your hands, just mask off the plastic with scotch tape. (Note: Ballpoint pen erasers will cut a little faster than those from a pencil because they have more grit.)

I've also done some engine-turning on small aluminum parts by using the same "tool" on a drill-press. Winking
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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 29 Jan 2019 6:36 am    
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Thanks Donny.

I do have a Dremel. What bit would I use? I may try the eraser first.
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 3 Feb 2019 8:43 am    
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If I were using a Dremel, I'd use the abrasive wool buffs. These are like small round Scotchbrite pads. You'd have to make a small template, though, so they wouldn't go awry and mess up the plastic cover.
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Bobby D. Jones


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West Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 3 Feb 2019 2:27 pm     Cleaning pickup ploe pieces???
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Since you have a Dremel tool. Dremel sells a polish tip, It looks like a pencil eraser about an 1"-1 1/2" long, It has molded in fine abrasive. Attaches to a screw tip mandrel. Great for polishing small items.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 3 Feb 2019 3:40 pm    
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I hope you have better luck than I did Richard. I tried everything I know on this one, see pole 10 pickup on the right in photo. Nothing touched it. I even tried sanding to no avail. This was some really hard stuff. Looked just like it did when I started.
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 3 Feb 2019 4:56 pm    
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I dunno Jerry...both of those look fine to me? Question

I didn't know Dremel made the rubber/grit polishing tips, they should be ideal. The goal should be to clean up any tarnish or rust. Trying to make them sparkle like a headstock or endplate is a fools errand, since they're "drill-bit hard". You can do it with silicone carbide, but believe me, it ain't worth the time and effort.
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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 6:31 am    
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Mine is much worse than that. Several of the posts are discolored.
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Peter Harris


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Post  Posted 5 Feb 2019 2:54 am     Re: Cleaning pickup ploe pieces???
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Bobby D. Jones wrote:
Since you have a Dremel tool. Dremel sells a polish tip, It looks like a pencil eraser about an 1"-1 1/2" long, It has molded in fine abrasive. Attaches to a screw tip mandrel. Great for polishing small items.


...from the jewelry background.... ...don't ask!....

Google "Cratex" abrasives...

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Peter
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