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Old 10-29-2014, 12:56 AM   #1
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best sandpaper grit to satinize a neck?

So I tried using sandpaper on the neck of the guitar, it worked for a minute and then it felt sticky again.

What's the best grit to satinisze a neck?
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:08 AM   #2
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:52 AM   #5
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Thanks. I used like 400 grit and still it feels sticky after a few minutes. It feels really smooth right after I sand it but after that it gets pretty sticky again. It only feels smooth when I'm not putting too much pressure on it.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:55 AM   #6
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0000 steel wool works pretty well in my experience.
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:16 AM   #7
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0000 steel wool works pretty well in my experience.

Bad idea, one of the guitars I did it to is a Variax and I don't want metal shavings going into the electronics.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:43 AM   #8
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Bad idea, one of the guitars I did it to is a Variax and I don't want metal shavings going into the electronics.


I suppose if you wanted to be safe, you could always wrap the body first in a plastic grocery sack or similar, lightly sand/buff the neck with the 0000 steel wool, then use a can of compressed air (like that used to clean out computer components) to blow any residue off the neck/headstock.
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I suppose if you wanted to be safe, you could always wrap the body first in a plastic grocery sack or similar, lightly sand/buff the neck with the 0000 steel wool, then use a can of compressed air (like that used to clean out computer components) to blow any residue off the neck/headstock.


Sounds good

The problem is that there's a hole in the pickguard where the neck bolts on to the body which leads directly into the electronics. Really stupid honestly. I had to clean it out a few times when working on the frets because I kept hearing alarming buzzing noises in the signal. Luckily that's been gone.
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:02 AM   #10
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You can use some low-tack painter's masking tape on some of the smaller areas to keep particles from infiltrating into the electronics. The low-tack will peel off without leaving any sticky residue behind afterward.
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I suppose if you wanted to be safe, you could always wrap the body first in a plastic grocery sack or similar, lightly sand/buff the neck with the 0000 steel wool, then use a can of compressed air (like that used to clean out computer components) to blow any residue off the neck/headstock.

Yes. You tape over the pickups/any electronics you don't want to get little bits of metal in.

I also use 0000 steel wool to polish frets, if I don't have silly high grit sandpaper lying around.
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:25 PM   #12
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0000 steel wool works best, masking tape to keep it out of pickups etc. Or masking tape and a sheet of plastic.
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