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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-15-2002, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Whats good to polish the finish?

I'm picking up some used JS-1000s, and I was wondering whats best for polishing up the finish, taking out scratches, and protecting the finish?

Recommendations?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2002, 10:55 AM
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Well I was told by my luthier that the best non abassive polish for a guitar surface is spit. I happen to prefer carnuba wax myself though. It leaves a mirror like surface that is easy to clean sweat marks from after a show!! :-)
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2002, 11:40 AM
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Steel Wool..KIDDING!!!!!

Rikk's wax method is a good one if it is just to polish it up. But first, I always use a clean soft cotton cloth to wipe away the "gig sweat" with no spit. Maybe fog the surface a little with your breath :wink

There are other methods for trying to remove deeper scratches.
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Well I was told by my luthier that the best non abassive polish for a guitar surface is spit.
Hawk it up everyone!!!
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There are different rubbing compounds that you can use for deeper scratches that go through the clear but not into the paint. I am not sure what they are though. But when all else fails............ have the paint stripped and swirl it!! lol
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Well I'm going to paint one of the two guitars.

I've decided to do a color changing (like the JS-90 I think it's called)
tribal tatoo look on a dark background. I've not decided what colors yet,
but I'll do some tests in photoshop first to see if I'm insane or not.

The other guitar is a JS-1 Inferno Red that is supposed to be a KILLER
player, but I don't care for red guitars, so I'll probably just trade it off
or something.
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Spit works well on rosewood fretboards but I still wouldn't put it on any guitar worth more than a couple hundred bucks. I use Dunlop polish, forget which number.. It works pretty well. For fretboards I use a qtip and lemon oil, or if it's REALLY grungy (or has mold like one of my boards did) I use mineral spirits, let it dry for 10 minutes, then lemon oil it.
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Never use spit on unfinished wood, and it's not a polish, it's just a cleaner
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I don't personally spit on my guitars.. Well I did once on an old piece of crap that's long gone.

Sorry, the "Dunlop 65 Polish&Cleaner" label led me to believe that it could do both jobs
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Most polish/cleaners are petroleum based, and leave this oily residue that takes a long time to fully remove (spit will clear it quickly though). I have several different polisher/cleaners, spit leaves no residue.

(you don't spit on the guitar, you lick the rag )
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I used to spit on a rag to scrub crap out of my fretboard.. But it started to smell funky after a while, so I just started scrubbing my hands religiously before playing anyways.
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