#1
When cleaning frets (the tape method) which in vols putting tape on either side of the metal cleaning the metal then tear the tape away. Does it clean the wood from deadskin etc... just wondering because i dont really want to clean them sepratley? Thanks.
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#4
lemon oil or grape seed oil, and a cloth - one by one

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#5
For packed-in dirt and grime, I use lemon oil and a soft toothbrush, then wipe with lemon oil again. It pulls out some weird crud from the grain sometimes.
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#7
0000 steel wool is whats used in the industry. rub it with the grain of the wood, it will not mess up your fretwire, and it will not do ANY thing to the wood, it wont take enough away. just dont press very hard, just in case you get a little rub-happy in a certain spot. Its how we remove whats called "finger-ass" (professional term) fter you got it shiny and smooth, rub some boiled linseed oil, or as everyone else likes to use, the classic lemon oil... beware - lemon oil to wood is chapstick to your lips, once you apply it, you wil lave to keep applying it because its pulled out of the wood so easily, linseed oil is not
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#8
Quote by Milkywaykid1
ok thanks alot, but would normal surface cleaner be the same?


Nope, that'll draw moisture out of the fretboard and dry it out. You need something to clean and moisturise the wood.
#9
ok.. can i get some lemon oil from my local music store or in a cleaner store or something? And where could i get steel wool?
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#10
steel wool and boiled linseed oil you can buy in bulk for CHEAP at home depot/lowes.
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#11
fantastic thanks for the info going to shops tomorrow so will get a nice clean guitar for once
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#12
Quote by Guitarzan1143
0000 steel wool is whats used in the industry. rub it with the grain of the wood, it will not mess up your fretwire, and it will not do ANY thing to the wood, it wont take enough away. just dont press very hard, just in case you get a little rub-happy in a certain spot. Its how we remove whats called "finger-ass" (professional term) fter you got it shiny and smooth, rub some boiled linseed oil, or as everyone else likes to use, the classic lemon oil... beware - lemon oil to wood is chapstick to your lips, once you apply it, you wil lave to keep applying it because its pulled out of the wood so easily, linseed oil is not

At my shop, we use lemon oil and brushing (cost-effective and does the job). I've never been to a shop that would steel wool a fretboard unless it was ABSOLUTELY necessary.

Edit: and I wouldn't consider "finger-ass" an industry term, by any means. In the shop, we call it "crud" or "gunk."
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#13
yeah... mine isnt exactly the dirtiest fretboard... it just needs a little cleaning to make it look a bit well... cleaner
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#14
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yeah... mine isnt exactly the dirtiest fretboard... it just needs a little cleaning to make it look a bit well... cleaner

Again, I'd simply recommend cleaning with lemon oil and a soft toothbrush, first. If you feel that you need to use steel wool, it's always an option. To polish frets to a shine, I always use silver polishing cloth from Joann Fabrics. You can buy it by the yard and cut it to what size you need (it's white; the black cloth they have is for wrapping silver to keep it from tarnishing).
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#15
i dont know man, its what they do at gibson/paul reed smith/fender class A certified repair shops, because thats what we did, thats all i can tell you. everyone has their own way id assume
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#16
^ exactly what i thought but considering this guy owns a shop id take his word for it
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#17
thats cool man, i dont work at the shop anymore, i work with a botanist/biologist building custom furniture ( i get to use his huge immaculate wood shop for free). He went to college for 6 years studying the two, and that is what he has told me about lemon oil and its effect on wood with it being constantly exposed to finger-oil. give em both a try and see what you like best, you arent losing anything.
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#18
ok thanks for the advice trying it tomorrow and going to shops so i think ill get some other goodies aswell while im there; anything else youd suggest for making my guitar look imaculate..?
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#20
dr ducks ax-wax is good for polyurethane/lacquer finishes. if its oil id say whipe some tung-oil on it. get a nice microfiber rag to rub the stuff on.
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thats cool man, i dont work at the shop anymore, i work with a botanist/biologist building custom furniture ( i get to use his huge immaculate wood shop for free). He went to college for 6 years studying the two, and that is what he has told me about lemon oil and its effect on wood with it being constantly exposed to finger-oil. give em both a try and see what you like best, you arent losing anything.

Agreed. Different people do things differently; you have to find what works best for you.
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