How to clean and take rust off installed hardware?

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I have a refurbish going on, an old steamer trunk, I would like to leave most of the hardware (lock, side clasp, hinges etc) on the piece. But the hardware needs to be cleaned and shined. I already have layers of paint off. Any idea what to use on them to get rid of rust and age?? I know steel wool, but I’m looking for something easier at first to get most of the grime and leave in tack as removing them will weaken the trunk

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