What do you think is on amps exterior that you are tempted in trying to clean off?
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I have chrome finished amps so I can use Brasso (put onto cloth & never directly onto amp). Some elbow grease & the thing shines!
Previously for matt finished amps, I used a damp cloth for simple finger prints, 71% alcohol for greasier marks. Then to finish off, a bit of Pledge on the face plate & 1-2" on the top panel & side panels! Yields a high-gloss finish. Of course, use Pledge sparingly & again put onto cloth & never on amp directly. Avoid the heat fins, vent slots & the rear panel.
Ordinary window cleaner with ammonia works well. Splurge for Windex!
To actually polish chromed or painted surfaces use a clearcoat-safe car wax like Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax. Avoid grit-bearing cleaners like Brasso and silver polish unless you're in a hurry to see the metal underneath the finish.
For the most stubborn rust spots or when all else fails use 0000 steel wool and chase it with a coat of wax.
If you rub so hard a genie appears, wish for a new component!
With an Accuphase C-200 that I got that is a bit grimy and dirty I tried using 91% Isopryl Alcohol on the front face and knobs. It did get the dirt out but there was a haze left over when I was cleaning. I would put the Alcohol onto a cotton pad and rub away. I might try some of the methods mentioned above. Anyone else have any hints on cleaning vintage gear?