Jack Flash Jr wrote:
What about chrome parts that start to bubble? Any advice from the gurus on how to slow down/kill the problem?
I am no expert, but:
1: clean all chrome parts with vinegar when they get dirty.
2: Use baking soda and a soft cloth or even some non-granular toothpaste to remove fine scratches.
3: You can try automotive polish to get rid of larger blemishes, but be careful, chrome is quite soft.
4: Use automotive wax to protect chrome parts in the long run. Make sure it is pure wax with no abrasives or polish compounds.
As for bubbles, the only real solution is to use an acid, like HCl and strip the chrome completely then send it for electroplating. Bubbles indicate the chrome is coming loose from the metal beneath, possibly due to heat or moisture or a bad electroplating job in the first place.
If the metal beneath is nickel or similar, I would just strip off all the chrome or at least polish off the bubbles. Unfortunately I don't know of any quick fix for chrome ☹
5: forgot about baby oil - polish the chrome with baby oil to get rid of marks or stains. Not really useful for guitars, but comes in handy for cars and so on. The muck will sometimes dissolve in the oil and come out