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    Chrome hardware is by far the most durable and it look nice too imo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CipherHost View Post
    Is there a safe way to remove all the smoke off the chrome? I think it would look better all chrome than the way it looks now.
    See posts #34-#41:

    Majesty Owners - Any issues yet with the black pearl plated hardware?
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    Quote Originally Posted by agt View Post
    Cool. Thanks. I think I will try to remove the bridge and remove all the smoke for an even look. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CipherHost View Post
    Cool. Thanks. I think I will try to remove the bridge and remove all the smoke for an even look. Cheers!
    I did not actually try to do this yet. I want to buy a Polar Noir Majesty and, if I do - and assuming the hardware fades - I may try this.

    However, I think the Majesty funds I have been saving will be going towards a Valentine as I wait another year to see if EBMM will offer all chrome hardware on a Polar Noir (or other color with basswood wings).
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    So here are the before and after pictures after removing the "smoke" from just the cover.

    Majesty bridge chrome smear off-img_20170504_222051418-jpg

    Majesty bridge chrome smear off-img_20170518_174112526-jpg

    What do you think?
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    Makes sense to me/ Looks much better.
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    What Magic Jason said, much much better =)

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    How did you remove the smoke finish?
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    Thanks! I think it looks better too.

    It is my understanding that it is a very thin layer of chrome on these and I didn't want to use anything that was too strong.

    The first thing I tried was acetone (pH 7.0) with a Q-tip. No luck there.

    Next I tried distilled white vinegar with a Q-tip (pH 2.4), which is less acidic than a lemon (pH 2.0). With a lot of rubbing I got a small area of smoke to come off. (Side note: 12 hours in a vinegar bath works great on rusty screws, nuts and bolts)

    I removed the bridge cover and placed it in a distilled white vinegar bath for about an hour. That didn't really do anything.

    I tried rubbing with a paper towel dipped in vinegar, but that didn't really work without a lot of pressure. My hands got tired fast, so I finally placed a cotton ball on a drill bit, soaked it in vinegar, and held the drill steady while moving the cover around applying medium pressure. Afterward, I placed the cover in an alkaline bath (baking soda in water) to neutralize any residual acid.

    A Dremel with the right buffer bit would probably have been a better way to go. I will probably try that on the lower plate (without having to remove the piezo saddles) during the next string change. I'll post more pics if I do.

    Cheers!
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