#1
So I read that naptha was good for cleaning fretboards and now its gone white I think it's dried it out. What can I do?
#2
I suspect that were you to oil the fret board, the whitish powder (?) would go away Many high volatility solvents leave that trace when used as cleaners. (I can't explain why though).

So,this has never happened to me personally. But, if it did, I'd say using a light application of mineral oil should make things right.

Disclaimer: Your results may vary, and you should wait for a 2nd, (or 3rd or more), opinion(s).

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#3
2nd Opinion - get a new neck/guitar if it's through body. Then proceed to never again attempt to clean your guitar with anything other than a dry cloth.
#4
Quote by EqualOfHeaven
2nd Opinion - get a new neck/guitar if it's through body. Then proceed to never again attempt to clean your guitar with anything other than a dry cloth.
Second opinion as expected, but a tad extreme, don't you think?

I would suggest at least trying it my way, before you summarily decide to throw away someone else's guitar.
#5
Quote by EqualOfHeaven
2nd Opinion - get a new neck/guitar if it's through body. Then proceed to never again attempt to clean your guitar with anything other than a dry cloth.


No it's not through body and I always clean it with a dry cloth but it doesn't get sweat off and it's a bit hard to not have sweaty hands when you live in a hot country...... Right?
#7
How you should take care of a fretboard depends on the wood it's made of, how you store the guitar and the make up of the oils and acids in your skin. Nobody on the internet can help you with the last part, you just have to judge that for yourself, and the second part basically just comes down to keeping it away from moisture, heat sources (e.g. a radiator; simply being in a hot country is fine since that is constant, not a source) and out of cold (shouldn't be an issue for you).

The first part is the only thing we can help with, and for that we need to know what wood your fretboard is made of.

As a general rule, with any wood, less is more. The only chemicals that should ever come into contact with any fretboard are mineral/lemon oil and a few specialist fretboard cleaners (Dunlop, Gibson, Fender and PRS' are the only ones I trust). The only material you should ever use on a fretboard is a dry, inkless, clean microfibre cloth. Never apply any chemical directly to the fretboard; always apply to a cloth first then put it on the fretboard, using soft circular motions. Never scrub at anything. If some dirt doesn't seem to shift then you just go over it a second time, or a third. Take care to not get any chemicals near the fretwire or nut.
No guitar has ever been damaged by not being cleaned enough, but guitars can be very easily damaged by being cleaned too vigourously.

The one major exception is maple. Since this always has a hard finish on it, you don't use any oils at all. You treat maple fretboards with a hard finish the same way you treat the finish on the body of the guitar.
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#8
There is no problem with using naptha on any type of wood, it is just a solvent, relax.

Just like explorerbuilder said, just re-oil the fretboard with whatever you like to use and get back to playing.
#9
Quote by rapfohl09
There is no problem with using naptha on any type of wood, it is just a solvent, relax.

Just like explorerbuilder said, just re-oil the fretboard with whatever you like to use and get back to playing.

Gosh.
Quote by Captaincranky
I suspect that were you to oil the fret board, the whitish powder (?) would go away Many high volatility solvents leave that trace when used as cleaners. (I can't explain why though).

So,this has never happened to me personally. But, if it did, I'd say using a light application of mineral oil should make things right.
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#11
Okay, rosewood. That's not so bad then, it takes quite a lot to really ruin rosewood. If it has only "gone white" then yes, that's classic dried-out rosewood. Check carefully to make sure it hasn't contracted around the frets, though.

Get a conditioning mineral oil—lemon oil is the most common—and some microfibre cloths (any opticians or photography store will sell them very cheaply; online guitar shops also usually carry them but tend to charge more). Apply a little oil to the cloth and rub it on to the exposed areas of the fretboard. Go slow and soft. Start off with as little oil as possible; you can always add more but it's hard to take excess away.
Once you notice the wood itself starting to darken in colour, you should be good to go. In future be very careful. Re-oil the fretboard about once a year, or more if you feel you get it very dry very quickly. There is never any need to oil a rosewood board any more than once every six months. When rosewood starts to turn that whiter colour, that's when it may need oiling.

In future, if you want to clean the fretboard but the wood itself isn't dried out, don't use oil (which is a conditioner) or anything like naptha (which dries it out). You can buy appropriate chemicals for cleaning from hobby stores, or from music stores. Dunlop make a really good series of cleaning products that are easy to use and relatively cheap; one bottle lasts several years. Don't use generic wood polishes or anything for cleaning a finish. Make sure it's something made for cleaning raw rosewood.

Quote by rapfohl09
There is no problem with using naptha on any type of wood, it is just a solvent, relax.
Evidently you've never had to replace a fretboard because somebody listened to the internet and doused their board with lighter fluid. I have. It's not fun.

Just like explorerbuilder said, just re-oil the fretboard with whatever you like to use and get back to playing.
Again, this is a careless attitude that is asking for trouble.

It costs nothing and takes no effort to take care of things properly. Why half-arse it?
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#12
I oil with mineral oil. You can get it cheap at the grocery store with the laxatives. Johnson and Johnson baby oil work too, since it's just mineral oil and fragrance, but your guitar will smell like a baby.
#13
Quote by W4RP1G
I oil with mineral oil. You can get it cheap at the grocery store with the laxatives. Johnson and Johnson baby oil work too, since it's just mineral oil and fragrance, but your guitar will smell like a baby.
If scent is to be determinant as to which mineral oil concoction gets the job of preventing further hysteria on the part of the TS, my vote goes to "Murphy's Lemon Oil".

When it comes right down to it, wouldn't you rather have a guitar that smells, "lemony fresh and nice", as opposed to one that smells like an infant?

I think the baby scent might be inclined to alarm the guitar's owner as to his responsibilities in the real world, and that might inhibit his musical growth....
#14
Quote by Captaincranky
If scent is to be determinant as to which mineral oil concoction gets the job of preventing further hysteria on the part of the TS, my vote goes to "Murphy's Lemon Oil".
In which case, surely lavender oil has the ultimate calming effect. But what are the side-effects of having your guitar smell like old ladies?

NB: This suggestion is for humourous purposes only. I make no claims as to the suitability of lavender oil for fretboard maintenance. Indeed, it may even be harmful in such an application.
#15
Quote by W4RP1G
I oil with mineral oil. You can get it cheap at the grocery store with the laxatives. Johnson and Johnson baby oil work too, since it's just mineral oil and fragrance, but your guitar will smell like a baby.


Are you being serious about the johnson baby oil?
#16
Quote by AvengedReno
Are you being serious about the johnson baby oil?

yeah it is just mineral oil with fragrance
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#18
Quote by AvengedReno
Are you being serious about the johnson baby oil?

Tell me you're going with that, instead of "lemony fresh and nice"?
#20
Quote by Captaincranky
Tell me you're going with that, instead of "lemony fresh and nice"?


Yes because I can't stand the smell of lemons!
#21
Quote by AvengedReno
Yes because I can't stand the smell of lemons!

You should probably go with straight mineral oil then. Since I hate the smell of babies, we'll both be happy....
#22
Quote by Captaincranky
You should probably go with straight mineral oil then. Since I hate the smell of babies, we'll both be happy....

Babies smell pretty good until they crap themselves I know I've had 3
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#23
Quote by Robbgnarly
Babies smell pretty good until they crap themselves I know I've had 3
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