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Cleaning a rosewood fretboard

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by 3-Chord Wonder, May 29, 2008.

  1. 3-Chord Wonder

    3-Chord Wonder New Member!

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    I just purchased a used Strat with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard is very dirty. I know that lemon oil is recommended for conditioning a rosewood fretboard, but what do you use to clean one, prior to applying lemon oil?
     
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    Best thing to clean a rosewood fretboard is naptha or lighter fluid. Takes all the grunge away.........condition with fret-doctor. Here's a link to a bunch of info

    http://www.beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm
     
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    Oh yes, welcome to the forums!!
     
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    There are many recipes. I used very fine steel wool and a lemon oil type product for guitar when I got my used guitar with rosewood fingerboard. The steel wool was suggested by my area's most respected luthier and books from the library. The two together minimized both effort to clean the grime completely and the amount of cleaner/conditioner needed. It left it in wonderful shape not as dry as some I've seen and not as greasy/oily as some I've seen.

    My other cleanup tricks are automotive microfiber cloths and sparing use of a polishing compound (currently that's the Planet Waves stuff). Remember that polishing compound is an abrasive and that you should use very little and even consider watering it down.
     
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    This is probably blasphemy...but I like Pledge. Been usin it for years. Spray it on the fretboard sans strings and scrub it a little with a soft terry cloth towel.

    When you're done, it's got a nice lemony smell and it doesn't seem to pick up dust as fast. Plus it's got a nice thin coat of wax and oil on it to protect it a little.

    Work on my furniture too.... :)
     
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    I use the honey oil in the past from planet waves and it gave a nice, quick & easy result. The FB was a tad dry and a bit of this really did a nice job.
     
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    Fret Doctor is great! It really does do what they claim. I have some before and after pics that I will have to post..........ordered a bottle about a month ago and all my rosewood looks really good and dark!
     
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    Pledge or just about any "guitar" polish.
     
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    Would this include a citrus based cleaner like "Goo Gone"? Or would this be too harsh?
    Since lemon oil is at least partly citrus based I figured this might work too.
     

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    The goo-gone stuff would be the last thing I would ever put near any of my guitars!! I think it will eat through some finishes............just a damp rag for cleaning and fret-doctor for the conditioning. I would stay away from anything like pledge etc etc unless you like a wax on your finish. I believe they are wax-based or silicone which is just murder on some finishes if you ever want to remove.
     
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    Stew-Mac Rosewood oil is very nice, but you have to let it soak in overnight but sticks around for a long while!
     
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    GOO Gone would more then likely loosen the bond on the frets.. Not to mention probably ruin the finger board..

    I use Old English lemon oil...
     
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    Yup...Like Alexis 29 & Old Cane said...Pledge!
     
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    I use Fret Dx. Theres so much to this that I stopped fooling in this area and go with fret Dx now. Better safe than sorry. But for years I used Lemon Oil. In the last year or so I went with Fret Dx and it makes your Rosewood Beautifull, Darkens it up after a couple use's though.
     
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    0000 steel wool followed by just about any guitar cleaner/polish. the steel wool smooths and cleans the rough buildup and polishes your frets to a nice smooth shine without removing metal. You'll be surprised how slick your bends are after the steel wool trick.

    Find a guitar polish that contains lacquer. Gibson pump polish does and I suppose there are others. The shine will deepen after a lacquer polish.
     
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    For those of you using pledge or other wax polishers, are you only using it on poly-finished guitars or nitro as well??
     
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    Just on the rosewood fret board.
     
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    formsby then boreoil/fret dr
     

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