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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Just a few questions about fretboard cleaning

I heard lemon oil is bad for the fretboard, What is a good oil to use for rosewood?

How do you remove the leftover 0000 steel wool thats wedged inside the grain of the rosewood? my fretboard looks sparkly and I considered taking a can of compressed air to blow it out but im afraid that the can might spray out some liquid and ruin the fretboard.

What soultion should i use to rub on the fretboard with the 0000 steel wool?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2004, 06:49 PM
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I just use Murphy's wood soap. It works well, leaves it looking nice and clean, and smells pleasant, too. You don't have to use too much, but it won't hurt anything if you do, just rub it in and wipe it off with a paper towel or something.

As for the wool residue, you could probably _lightly_ scrape the fretboard with a razor, and then run a corner of the razor down the edges of the frets to clean the rosewood dust. I would do this before soaping up the fb.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2004, 08:17 PM
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i used to use this foamy wood cleaner made by pledge i think, it smelled of lemon, but i don't believe it was lemon oil.. it cleaned up the fretboard quite nicely when i used an old toothbrush with it... and the strings got cleaned too, all the grime would come off them... i should get another can of that stuff...
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 12:57 PM
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Raw linseed oil should do the trick - just remember to throw out the cloths you use directly after using them...
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 01:03 PM
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Linseed oil is a varnish, only use if you want to varnish your fretboard [personally I'd avoid klike the plague]
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 02:08 PM
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use a old toothbrush to clean the steal wool out of the fretboard!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2004, 11:53 PM
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if the wool's not stuck too tight in there...i say a vaccum cleaner...
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