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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-20-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cleaning Satin neck?

Yeah, I searched, didin't answer my question.

So I've got a '00 RG520, It's got (or at least *had*) a nice satin neck. Well, I had an outdoor thing at a graduation about 10 days ago, and when I got home, my neck was as sticky and friction-ful as possible. So naturally I tried to clean it up with a cloth (dry, duh). and after that didn't satisfy me, I took some 0000 steel wool to it. Well, that mostly helped. but it's still just not as butter smooth as it was before. I dont think I steel-wool'd down to the wood because in the light it still has that hint of gloss to it.

So can you guys tell me how to get it super-smooth again?

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PS: how can I polish the frets to a mirror? I know it's not necissary, but wold be pretty cool
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Re: Cleaning Satin neck?

Not sure about the neck, but 0000 steel wool on the frets will shine them up nicely.
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Re: Cleaning Satin neck?

My wolfgang is pretty grungy. Ill do a how to for you tomorrow, including fret polishing.

Supplies needed
600 and 800 grit sandpaper
0000 steel wool
rubbing compound, cheap is fine
Masking tape for rosewood
lint free rags
clean tube sock (not kidding lol)
boiled linseed oil

The process is time consuming but easy to do.
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Re: Cleaning Satin neck?

When I refinished my neck, I used naphtha (lighter fluid) to clean my neck. It worked great at removing all the oils and dirt. I also use it to clean all my hardware too.
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Re: Cleaning Satin neck?

Naptha works real well, as does ammonia. Just use it on a rag and try to keep it off the fretboard.
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naptha (aka lighter fluid) is a petroleum distallate and solvent, and would potentially eat away at your finish... Id be careful using it. On bare wood it will dry it out.
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These are the best things ever for polishing frets. Does a MUCH better job than 0000 in about 1/4 the time.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin..._Up_Stick.html
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naptha (aka lighter fluid) is a petroleum distallate and solvent, and would potentially eat away at your finish... Id be careful using it. On bare wood it will dry it out.
I should of added "use it sparingly and only if really needed." It will easily dissolve just about any gunk though. You can also try good old fashioned spit. You'd be surprised what it can dissolve.

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These are the best things ever for polishing frets. Does a MUCH better job than 0000 in about 1/4 the time.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin..._Up_Stick.html
I used the paper version of these. You'll never use steel wool again .
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin...ng_Papers.html

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin...sives_Kit.html

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Re: Cleaning Satin neck?

Naphta is fine on a poly finished neck.

You can use that or household rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or grime.
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Naphta is fine on a poly finished neck.

You can use that or household rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or grime.
You can use almost anything on poly


Guys, just wait till my article when I get home, polishing frets is super duper easy, and cheaper, then using sand paper sticks or steel wool. It also works better.
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I use naptha all the time. It has absolutely no impact on the finish. But it does dry the hell out of the wood, which is why I said keep it off the fretboard.
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I use naptha all the time. It has absolutely no impact on the finish. But it does dry the hell out of the wood, which is why I said keep it off the fretboard.

If its drying out rosewood, what makes you think its not drying out maple? lol you cant see it because its lighter, but its doing the same thing.
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If its drying out rosewood, what makes you think its not drying out maple? lol you cant see it because its lighter, but its doing the same thing.
Because there's a clear finish over the maple
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Because there's a clear finish over the maple
Not always. I like my maple/maple necks unfinished.
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Because there's a clear finish over the maple
As ayrton pointed out, its ok on poly. Oil/satin finishes, not so much.
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