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Old 09-05-2012, 05:12 AM   #1
EddieHet
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Unhappy Simple Fretboard Maintenance

Hi all,

Recently I have use some Steel Wool to rub against the rosewood fretboard on my PRS SE 245.

I saw some instructions all over the internet.
And it seems fine that using 0000 Steel Wool will make a good clean on the fretboard.

I use this method and all frets are shiny and new.

But then disaster strikes

The rosewood board and all inlays (those beautiful birds) are seriously scratched.

So my question is:

1. The steel wool I am using is probably not 0000?
Because that random guy at the store just confused when I ask for a 0000 Steel Wool
2. Is there any method to re-polish my fretboard? Do fine grits water sandpaper (1500 or above) help?

Apologize for my English and I am new to UG so if this is not the right place to post this question, I am sorry.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am) but I believe you were supposed to mask off the fretboard before hitting it with the steel wool. I believe sanding it to an incredibly high grit will fix it (like 2000 or more), but don't do anything until you get someone with more experience answering you...
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:02 AM   #3
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Correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am) but I believe you were supposed to mask off the fretboard before hitting it with the steel wool. I believe sanding it to an incredibly high grit will fix it (like 2000 or more), but don't do anything until you get someone with more experience answering you...


Thanks for your reply.
Actually I saw a guy working on Taylor who's teaching the method I use. Pretty sure he doesn't tape the fretboard when cleaning. Even on the manual it said "You can rub it pretty hard".
That's why I'm not sure my Steel Wool is actually 0000.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:05 AM   #4
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Correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am) but I believe you were supposed to mask off the fretboard before hitting it with the steel wool. I believe sanding it to an incredibly high grit will fix it (like 2000 or more), but don't do anything until you get someone with more experience answering you...


From someone with experience - the guy above hit the nail on the head.
Wood is going to scratch a lot sooner than the metal your frets are made of.
You NEED to mask off your fretboard otherwise you'll scratch the crap out of the wood and inlays - sorry to tell you this, but once scratched you'll have to take them to a repair shop so that someone with a buffer and very fine polishing tools can restore your inlays back to looking new.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:08 AM   #5
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Steel wool is very abrasive and you should always mask up the fretboard. I would do the same even with high value grit paper.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:34 AM   #6
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There's only one thing you should do right now, and that is contact Paul Reed Smith Guitars.
Here's their customer support e-mail: custserv@prsguitars.com

I've had previous experience with them, they reply fast and are helpful.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the reply.

Those scratches in fact don't bug me so much.
That PRS is for practice anyway.
Just making sure I don't make the same mistake next time when taking care of more expensive stuff.

I will try to contact them though.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:30 AM   #8
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Check out the product Chrome Frets (in the USA the site is www.chromefretsusa.com); it does an excellent job of cleaning things up, and will help to hide the scratches.
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