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Simple Green to clean guitars?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Ravenmore, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-Talker

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    Hi all,

    I had some gunk on a Squire I was working on so, since it was a cheap guitar and I didn't care, I sprayed some Simple Green cleaner to a cloth and wiped it down. It did a fantastic job of taking the gunk off and really made the guitar shine. So now I'm wondering if it is ok to clean guitars with this stuff regularly? I mean I don't care too much about screwing up a Squier but would hate to mess up the finish on an expensive guitar.
     

  2. radd

    radd Strat-Talker

    266
    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
    Simple Green is environmentally safe yet it can be corrosive on softer metals, aluminum, etc. I would never use it on a instrument of any kind.
     

  3. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

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    Simple green is a degreaser yes?
     

  4. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

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    Canberra
    what’s on your guitar that you can’t just wipe it with a damp cloth?
     

  5. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    For a cheap Squier with thick poly I would think it would be fine for the finish.

    As for the plated metals, frets, pups and electronics I wouldn't want either regular saturation or application. The copper wires and cheap thin plating might not hold up to well...
     

  6. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    I bought the Squier in question used and it had some kind of gunk around the pick guard. Looked possibly like some kind of glue. I tried to pick it off and scrape it off with the edge of an old credit card but it was pretty stubborn. The Simple Green took it right off. It also did a great job with any other finger prints/smudges on the guitar. It really cleaned it up nice.

    The finger board to me on guitars get a 'greasy' feel after a while. I like to clean it with something from time to time.

    If it could corrode the aluminum/metal that would obviously not be good.
     

  7. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    USA
    Guitar shops use just plain ol' Naphtha to clean all the old wax and gunk off your guitar.

    Make sure you re-wax the body and re-oil the fretboard, because the Naphtha will leave it completely clean.
     
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  8. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

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    Hmm sounds like someone stickered the guitar then picked them off in a half arsed way?
    I’d be happy enough to use it on the body, I belive simple green is used and recommended for automotive purposes in the US?
    I wouldn’t use it on the fret board however.
    A hard rubbing with an absorbent rag to lift what you can but I’m not sure about the greasy fretboard, even after a touch of oil my boards arnt greasy so perhaps the previous owner enjoyed fries and a cheeky strum regularly?
     

  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Soap and water, naphtha, googone, T-Cut, autosol, flame thrower. Whatever it takes to get the thing nice and spangly. :p
     
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  10. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    Naphthalene, aka lighter fluid and/or a damp cloth.
    Stuff like 409, Simple Green, Windex are not suitable for guitars or any other musical instrument.
     
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  11. Biddlin

    Biddlin Strat-O-Master

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    Feb 11, 2013
    USA
    This ^!
     

  12. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It amazes me. Folks will use naptha and or lighter fluid but frown on a spray cleaner such as windex or simple green.
     

  13. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

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    Probably try furniture polish before I would try simple green.
     
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  14. Vindibona1

    Vindibona1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I just use Ronsonol lighter fluid (I think it's simple naptha, but not sure). One bottle lasts for years. It evaporates quickly and the odor is only momentary. It works. It's cheap. Readily available. Won't damage your guitar's finish. Takes gunk off. Unlike other stuff no residue stays on your guitar after cleaning.
     
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  15. radd

    radd Strat-Talker

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    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
    Years ago we all used Simple Green on motorcycles and other vehicles, it was the new do everything safe degreaser. Then we all discovered how it damages the finish on metals. Now if it is used it is done so carefully and is completely rinsed off.
     

  16. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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  17. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    largo,fl
    Diluted non full strength Simple Green works awesome for cleaning smeared, smudged and gunked up poly coated bodies and the backs of necks to squeeky clean.

    Then wax on, wax off grasshopper.
     
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  18. Rallypoint_1

    Rallypoint_1 New Member!

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    50/50 simple green mix and water cleans guitars well. Can use it and Ronsenol(naphtha) to clean a rosewood fretboard. Just a little will not harm it.
     

  19. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

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    I’d say just treat it like any other auto finish..
    leave it in the driveway and when it needs work make it someone else’s problem.




    Wax and grease remover (prepsol) does well
     

  20. Deschain

    Deschain Strat-Talker

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    Jun 23, 2017
    Denmark
    It's a guitar, not a baby or some delicate piece of art. You sweat on it, drool on it, smear your dirty fingers all over it and drop it. Unless it is a wall-hanger, they are meant to be used, abused and played hard. :)

    Mild detergents, simple green, naphta and similar, all works fine as long as you use common sense and doesn't leave it on. Wipe on, wipe off, play on..
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2017
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