That's a great idea, thank you! If I can get these gold parts looking newish, 
that's what I'll do. :-)

On Jan 12, 2019, at 7:09 PM, Ron L'Herault via Phono-L 
<<>> wrote:

They may have used clear shellac.   I don’t think there were many options.  In 
the jewelry industry, gold plate is often given a coat of clear lacquer to 
retard signs of wear.  For parts that get touched a lot, I sometimes use a coat 
of clear nail polish.  It flows and evens out nicely and is really tough.

Ron L

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Thanks (again) Ron! I ended up using dish soap and a toothbrush to get most of 
it removed, but I'll try the WD-40 method. My main concern was that the arms 
that move with the tonearm didn't move easily at all, but I think the hot water 
I was using melted away a good bit of the gunk that was making it so stiff. 
After a thorough drying, I oiled all the moving parts with 3-in-one, then 
rubbed an oily paper towel over all of it to guard against any kind of moisture 
left over.

Anyone know about the factory varnish situation? I know it's probably a bit 
involved, but what am I (considering) getting into, exactly?


On Jan 11, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Ron L'Herault via Phono-L 
<<>> wrote:

You only need to remove old oil from the joints and hand crud from the finish.  
 I’d use (have used) WD040 and a toothbrush to clean the mechanism and spray 
cleaner like Fantastic to clean the gold.  Do not use polish.  Relubricate 
moving parts with light oil.  Put oil on the pad to avoid squeal.


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