Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
Re: Ibanez J Custom Fretboard Cleaning Accident
the steel wool will NOT damage your inlays and do a fabulous job of cleaning everything up.
That said, #0000 steel wool does not have to be the first step. I would first use standard masking tape and pull out all the debris possible. it probably won't get all of it, but will give you a good start. Next, Algiman suggested using a toothbrush to release the stuck bits.....This is an excellent suggestion, however I wouldn't start with fretboard oil. I would start with a good detergent/degreaser...... my favorite is "Simple Green". after this step, repeat the process using a good fretboard oil. Pure tung oil is my favorite for an expensive instrument like yours. When the fretboard is dry polish it off with a good LINT-FREE (lol) cloth....old t-shirts work best for this.