So I moved on to the two LeClerc reeds which weren't in as bad of shape. The second from the left is a 6-dent reed, so the spaces between the dents are pretty big. I tried scrubbing this with yarn and Barkeeper's Friend, which worked ok. If I only had a few dents to do it would be great. But it was really messy and not super fast so I put that one aside.
The left-most reed is a 15 dent reed, so there is no way I could/would go dent-by-dent to clean it. I was just going to have to rub hard enough with a terry-cloth towel to get in there. I used some MAAS metal polish and rubbed and rubbed and rubbed.
|About 1/3 done|
Next thing to try: I bought a wire wheel that I'm going to take to the rusty reeds. If that doesn't work, I might just give up on those two. I might also get some CLR to try on the 6 dent reed. Again, someone on the internet had good luck with it. It's worth a try.
The heddles have been a similar story. I found that if I took the heddles out of the coke bath and let them dry, the oxidation wouldn't rub off, but if I rubbed them wet, a lot would come off. So I cleaned off about 200 and was done with that. They don't look great. They look dull gray. I think it's ok, but they're not slippery, and since I think it's my fault (I put them in the oven to speed up the acid bath, and that's when they turned gray) I'm inclined to try to clean them instead of buying new. I'll probably buy new ones over time as I go. I would like to have Texsolv heddles, but they are pretty expensive. I polished some heddles with MAAS during class this week* but didn't get far. I'm sure by next week I'll be posting a picture of my lovely new texsolv heddles. Next week I'm going on a trip for work, and since I drive a Prius, the money I get for mileage far exceeds my actual expenses. It'll be hard to not spend that money on heddles, I feel. Maybe a reed, too.
*I am working on my Master's via internet at University of Illinois. Class is a live lecture, but I'm sitting at my dining room table, and it helps me to have something to do with my hands as I listen.