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    0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

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    bubbasweet

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    0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by bubbasweet on Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:44 am

    Is using 0000 Steel wool and a little WD40 as a solvent/lubricant safe? I have a nice original 60's MK3 chassis but I want to take a couple subtle marks off of it. I just do not want to f up this nice chassis. Info from someone who has done this would be great THX..

    audiobill

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by audiobill on Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:57 am

    Try Nevr-Dull

    corndog71

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by corndog71 on Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:03 pm

    Not sure if it would work on an original chassis but I found that a Magic Eraser is good for light polishing of aluminum boxes.


    PeterCapo

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by PeterCapo on Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:45 pm

    I wouldn't do it.  AFAIK, it's a thin layer of electroplate.  Even some metal polishes say not to use on electroplate.  I suggest soap and water followed by automotive paste wax (not polish).  See how you do with that.  If it does not work well, you might try a little mild polish, but do not let it sit on the electroplate for long, as it might etch the metal (guess how I know?).

    deepee99

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by deepee99 on Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:27 am

    Try some vinegar (not the drinking kind) first, gently rub with a cloth, see what happens. Also, there is bronze wool in the same gauges as steel wool and is much easier on its target and won't leave rust-marks.

    bluemeanies

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by bluemeanies on Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:22 pm

    Keep it simple..really just how dirty,smudgy,filthy is that chassis?
    No liquid, water, vinegar or soaps of any kind.

    A clean micro-fiber cloth will do the job just fine.

    Peter W.

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    Re: 0000 Steel wool and wd40 on Dynaco original Nickel Chrome Chassis ok?

    Post by Peter W. on Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:29 pm

    bubbasweet wrote:Is using 0000 Steel wool and a little WD40 as a solvent/lubricant safe? I have a nice original 60's MK3 chassis but I want to take a couple subtle marks off of it. I just do not want to f up this nice chassis. Info from someone who has done this would be great THX..

    GLEEP!!

    Never, repeat, NEVER use steel wool or any of its clones anywhere near any electronics, especially tube electronics, or within 50 yards/meters of your workbench. FULL STOP.

    If I have to explain why, I am in the wrong place!

    Now, if you are discussing a bare chassis with nothing on/in/connected to it, that is entirely a different matter. And here goes:

    Steel wool removes material, and the OEM chassis has thin bright nickel plating. Whereas Nickel plate is a bit harder than most plating metals, but softer than chrome (and far less costly to use - hence its choice), it is still much softer than steel wool. Try not to use it for that reason alone. Otherwise,  as already noted, NEV-R-Dul is an excellent choice, or my personal (and also cheap) favorite: Automotive Polishing Compound  (not Rubbing Compound). Power, used judiciously, is not a bad idea either - but I know of more than one OUCH when the polishing wheel caught the chassis and did something unhappy.

    There are replating companies as well. And, if you are a real DIY, there are kits for plating at home - and they actually work well if the directions are followed.

    Peter Wieck
    Melrose Park, PA

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