How to Clean Chrome on a Guitar

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How to Clean Chrome on a Guitar
A chrome pickup on an electric guitar. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Keeping a guitar clean is an important part of maintenance. Over time, grease, dust and dead skin cells are deposited on the instrument making it look grimy and used. This can sometimes decrease sound quality and playability. Guitars with chrome parts will need specific cleaning solutions and materials to clean them properly. These products are available from any hardware or music store and help to make the guitar look brand new.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Metal cleaning solution
  • Polish
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Dust cloth
  • String winder
  • Strings

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  1. 1

    Lay the guitar face up on a flat surface. Unwind the stings with the string winder and remove them.

  2. 2

    Add a little metal cleaner to the microfiber cloth. About one capful should be adequate. Place the cloth on the guitar chrome, cleaner side down. Wipe away all excess dirt and dust with the microfiber cloth. Add more metal cleaner should you need it.

  3. 3

    Spray metal surface polish evenly over the chrome. Use the dust cloth to work the polish into the surface. Wipe evenly so there are no streaks or marks.

  4. 4

    Re-string the guitar with new strings for longer playing life. Use the string winder to increase the tension.

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