#1
Here in Cyprus the shops only sell #000 steel wool but everyone recomends #0000 will it be alright to use #000 steel wool to clean my fretboard?
#2
What kind of fretboard and how dirty? Ideally you never use steel wool near a guitar with magnetic pickups. Steel wool used to be the "it" for cleaning frets, but super fine sandpaper is much more effective and overall safer near magnetic pickups.

For maple boards a damp rag is idea, maybe a bit of naptha or window cleaner if its really dirty. Rosewood I'd use a damp rag, maybe a little naptha or lemon oil if its really dirty.
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#3
It's rosewood and it is rather mucky, I'd post a pic but I don't know how lol.
#4
I wouldn't use anything stronger than lemon oil and some elbow grease. Steel wool can and will scratch the hell out of rosewood.
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Here in Cyprus the shops only sell #000 steel wool but everyone recomends #0000 will it be alright to use #000 steel wool to clean my fretboard?


You might have gotten mixed information.

#0000 steewool is ok to shine up your frets. Not the whole fretboard itself. You would normally tape off the board with just the frets exposed, and stay well away from the pickups
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Yeah just try a damp cloth first, it's what I use every month or so and it keeps them looking nice.

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#8
A toothbrush with some lighter fluid (naphtha) or simple green will work fine. You really don't need more than that.

As I've said SO SO SO many times on this forum, DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL FOR ANYTHING.

There are better ways these days - high-grit sandpaper (600-1,200 grit), Gorgomyte, Fret Erasers... Using steel wool will only cause problems down the road (I know, I had to spend $200 on new electronics because of it). It's just more trouble than it is worth.

I've never come across a guitar that couldn't be cleaned up with some lighter fluid and a toothbrush. Even frets that were rusted and dented up was cleaned with varying levels of high-grit sand paper.

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You might have gotten mixed information.

#0000 steewool is ok to shine up your frets. Not the whole fretboard itself. You would normally tape off the board with just the frets exposed, and stay well away from the pickups


Tape off the pickups too.

And don't forget to vacuum up the excess shavings before you take the tape off.
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Steel wool is not a great thing to use for guitar work. The slivers of steel can get stuck in the pores of the fingerboard and actually get underneath the frets, let alone have a huge bunch of it stuck to your pickups.
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The only reason it was used was because that's all there used to be, there was no other alternative.


And what is the alternative now?
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#12
I might be the only one, but here what I do.
Tape the board with masking tape.
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Frets look magical, and there's no mess.
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#13
you can always use a strong magnet to clean up the left over steel wool
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And what is the alternative now?

Scotch brite cleaning pads are really good and leave nothing that is metallic to get attached to your electronics.

You basically follow the video above only substituting the scotch-brite pad for the Steel wool

Works great for making a neck satin, with minimal mess
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Read my post above. I named like 3 things.

And I'll add another here: Nevr Dull

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Scotch brite cleaning pads are really good and leave nothing that is metallic to get attached to your electronics.

You basically follow the video above only substituting the scotch-brite pad for the Steel wool

Works great for making a neck satin, with minimal mess



I wouldn't use a scotchbrite pad. WAY too abrasive.
The object here is cleaning, not removing material.

Using anything more than a stiff brush is just idiotic overkill.
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Definitely don't use steel wool. It's ok for frets when you have the fretboard and pickups masked off, but I wouldn't use it on wood. It's basically like sandpaper. Why would anyone use sandpaper to clean something that doesn't need polishing?

There is some hate for steel wool when used to polish frets, but that only because it leaves a mess, and because people use it on their fretboard. Mask off the fretboard and clean up the mess and it's fine.
#18
I use steel wool and a wide variety of other things. No cleaner or process is perfect for everything. Steel wool has its place, and it has some serious drawbacks that have already been mentioned. I will continue to use it when I think it will do the best job.
#19
Thanks everyone for the suggestions but I thought I'd let you all know I went and picked up some pure naptha as I've heard good things about it, I will post results.