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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG420 - Cleaning the flat finish

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This is my RG 420, it has a cinammon top and a flat finish. I've had it for 6 months and love it!




But I've a small problem with it...

Finger grease will stain the finish very easily. In the picture, you can see it as a dark area around the volume knob. I've tried microfiber cloths, but they won't remove the stain. Does anyone know how to clean this kind of finishes??

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ooops....images can't be seen - anyway, the stain is visible here


http://img257.imageshack.us/i/83122164.jpg/
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I cant see the pic, but I've always used either glass cleaner or vinegar cut with water.
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Just water on a matte finish unless you want to shine it up.

And you may have just gotten a shiny spot in the finish by buffing it out with your fingers. That happens.
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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I use them for most everything matte.
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And you may have just gotten a shiny spot in the finish by buffing it out with your fingers. That happens.
I probably did since I use the volume knob a lot...



I tried the vinegar and the glass cleaners, but they're not working. I'll look for the Magic eraser, maybe the have it in the local Wal Mart.
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Pic??
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mmmm can you see that?? I think I may have used the wrong URL before...
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I can see it now..... It looks like you rubbed the finish smooth.

I would use either #0000 steel wool, or the super fine 3m scotch-brite pad. I know it sounds scary, but it should work out well.
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Yup, looks like you buffed it out to me.

Use one of these guys and all should be well. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin..._Up_Stick.html
Just go up to 4000, leave 12000 for gloss finishes. If you use a gentle touch you'll be fine. I suggest practicing on a less obvious part of the guitar, maybe inside the cavity or something.
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Yup, looks like you buffed it out to me.

Use one of these guys and all should be well. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin..._Up_Stick.html
Just go up to 4000, leave 12000 for gloss finishes. If you use a gentle touch you'll be fine. I suggest practicing on a less obvious part of the guitar, maybe inside the cavity or something.
I forgot about these......... Great suggestion musikron!!!!!
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Thanks for the tips guys - I'll try them out and post later once I have the results...
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I use those guys in my shop for things like this all the time. They also do a fantastic job of polishing frets!

Post after pics!
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Guys, I know it's been a really long time - I've been kind of busy and I chose the slow shipping option....

Anyway, my sticks arrived a few days ago, and I think they're wonderful!! They took most of the fat away from the finish. I left a few rough-looking scuffs in the finish, but they're hardly noticeable. Pretty good considering I have no experience with these things.

I also used them on the back of the neck. The neck now feels smoother, like it was when new.

Old pic:


Now it looks like this...


Invisible in regular light (up), and hardly noticeable under a bright light


Thanks musikron! they worked out pretty well!

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I clicked that link to see how much stew mac overcharges for a simple sanding stick, ready to irritated that some of you would do that... then i looked at the price tag ... haha

How long do they last?


OP ->

do the job right, you will enjoy it better. Go get a pair of channel locks, and a screw driver, and pull down the vol/tone pots and the 3 way. It will actually save you time, becuase you wont have to fight yourself around the knobs.
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