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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tutorial: Polishing Frets

Hey guys, I've learned so much from Jemsite that I thought I'd make a little tutorial on polishing your frets and making them look like new!

What you will need is:

1. Masking tape
2. 0000 grade Steel Wool
3. Metal Polish ( I use Brasso)
4. Polshing cloth (or buffer wheel) (or a t shirt you don't wear)
5. A right hand (or left hand)

Here are the steps

Mask off your fretboard like this:


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Then get your Steel wool and rub your fret, treat it as a eraser and your rubbing off the dirt


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You will tell the difference after just doing that, example:


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Do the rest of the frets and they will end up looking shiny, like this:



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Now get your metal polish out (in my case Brasso) and Wipe on with a cloth or t shirt



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Now get your polishing cloth or buffer wheel and rub that polish off!



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My god that is shiny!



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All done!

Hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial, If you like it then I will make more
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Re: Tutorial: Polishing Frets

Great job, Bob! I think that's going to help some folks here.



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Re: Tutorial: Polishing Frets

Thanks Rob!
Yeh definitely

I also want to do a Fret leveling and Re-fret tutorial but I'm just trying to find an easy and cheap way of doing it That way even teenagers without jobs can afford to do it!

I can't wait for your DIY Painting a guitar tutorial I might be doing my green ibanez into a EVH Bumblebee
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Thanks Rob!
Yeh definitely

I also want to do a Fret leveling and Re-fret tutorial but I'm just trying to find an easy and cheap way of doing it That way even teenagers without jobs can afford to do it!

I can't wait for your DIY Painting a guitar tutorial I might be doing my green ibanez into a EVH Bumblebee
I'll be doing one on my blog as part of the purple Jem build...

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I can't wait for your DIY Painting a guitar tutorial I might be doing my green ibanez into a EVH Bumblebee
While waiting for the new book, you can follow along here:
http://diyguitarpainting.blogspot.com/



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Re: Tutorial: Polishing Frets

Excellent quick tutorial there...

One additional tip is to also mask off your pickups - stops them getting covered in bits from the wire wool especially when working higher up the neck.
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Ah yes! I usually put the polishing cloth over them which keeps anything getting in there

Thank you for spotting that !
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Excellent quick tutorial there...

One additional tip is to also mask off your pickups - stops them getting covered in bits from the wire wool especially when working higher up the neck.
Learned this the hard way.
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Learned this the hard way.
guilty here, too
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Re: Tutorial: Polishing Frets

I use a poster board cut out i had from my fabric project,It covers the entire body with minimal taping. I really didnt read this whole tutorial so if this was said im sorry.(make sure to put the tape on your jeans to untack it a little or it will peal your wood and finish off the fret board.
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Re: Tutorial: Polishing Frets

Nice, Stewmac sell a little metal guard with a slot in it for doing this, dunno if it'd save much time tho'.
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Nice, Stewmac sell a little metal guard with a slot in it for doing this, dunno if it'd save much time tho'.
Waste of money--make one out of a cut up aluminum can...



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Waste of money--make one out of a cut up aluminum can...
Good idea! I may do that also you would need a rubber band to keep it from falling off


Any chance we can get this sticky'd ? then we don't have people making new threads on this subject.
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Nice, Stewmac sell a little metal guard with a slot in it for doing this, dunno if it'd save much time tho'.

It save's me lots of time, about an hour a day at least.

I will disagree on your use of metal polish though, it can sometimes discolor, stain, or bleach some fretboards. I choose not to take that risk myself. I prefer to use purely mechanical means rather than chemical for polishing stuff like that.

As far as a cheap DIY re-fret and dressing method. It can't be done, not properly anyways. Fretwork is very exacting, and not something the novice should do on a nice guitar. If you want to get into fretwork, be prepared to spend at the minimum $300 on tools, plus you will need a few "donor" necks to practice on. And you will need practice, trust me. You wouldn't expect to play "flight of the bumblebee" the first time you pick up a guitar, why would you expect to be able to complete a professional level fret job on your first attempt? You will most likely butcher the first attempt, and will need around 100 of them done before you become really proficient at it and do what I would consider a "good job". Fret work is demanding, and anyone who tells you different isn't doing it well.
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http://projectguitar.com/tut/fretting.htm
With practice--this can be done with minimal equipment, if you're handy enough to make some of your own tools...



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