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  1. BluesDontCare

    BluesDontCare Strat-Talker

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    Hello to all!
    I've got a 2007 Made in Mexico Stratocaster.
    I like how it plays and feels but it has some stain on it. My question is how can i get them off? I am thinking of using car wax. But im curious if will it hurt the guitar's finish.
    It cannot seen good in pics. But you will get the idea of how it looks. IMG-20181110-WA0000.jpeg
     

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  2. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    Get some Mequiar's car polish and Mequiar's Carnuba car wax.
    Polish, then wax and it should look beautiful.
     
  3. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Like @dueducs says..^^^^

    Having said that.. I didn't think anybody liked 'shiny' guitars these days.. LOL.. ;):D
     
  4. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    when using car wax, a good idea, note that here are different types... some use a chemical method to achieve a shine, while more traditional types like Simonize paste wax use real polishing compounds... typically the Traditional method produces better results...

    rk
     
  5. Martins Strat

    Martins Strat Strat-Talker

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    Drop and drag round a gravel path, throw some keys at it, whip it with a belt buckle..... no one will notice a couple of stains after that!!
     
  6. drittal

    drittal Strat-Talk Member

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    The best way to get a shiny guitar is to buy a new one.
     
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  7. Tom Cat Strat

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    Car wax is actually what some guitar manufacturers use.

    Rickenbacker uses Turtle Wax (50/50 mix with water) to shine their new guitars. And I use it too. Just look at this shine:

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    I also use Zymol...Cleaner Wax. Many use this.

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    Funny story about the Zymol Cleaner Wax. Guitar forums were full of guys posting that they use Zymol car wax on their guitars. The corporate heads at Zymol kept seeing this; people are buying their car wax to use on high end guitars. So Zymol decided to make a guitar wax! Look:

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  8. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Still haven't been canceled yet, working on it Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The best thing for your guitar, no chemical whatsoever. Cleans it nicely and shines it up!

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    bluzkat New Member!

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    Did you polish the fretboard too? It looks like the rosewood was lacquered... :eek:
     
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    Guy Named Sue Still haven't been canceled yet, working on it Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Rick's are famous for finishing their rosewood/bubinga fretboards, it makes the colors pop out.
     
  11. BluesDontCare

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    I like those relic kinda things too but this lacquer wont get that relic look imo.
     
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  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I do. Nothing like a shiny old guitar. 000LOL.gif
     
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    Rickenbacker's have their fretboards finished.
     
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    If it were me I would wet sand it with really fine paper and then buff with McGuire’s on a rotary buffer. Then I would clean the surface with water with a little dawn in it. Then wax it with several coats of Gerlitz wax, by hand.
     
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    RobZ69 Senior Stratmaster

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    :eek::confused:Wow
     
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    No chemical whatsoever. Made from the cleanest material imaginable -- the vacuum of deep space. ;-)
     
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    You didn't know that?

    - The glory of a Ric is those insanely shiny fretboards.

    - The horror of a Ric is if one needs to replace a fret on those shiny fretboards. The whole damn fretboard needs a refinish.


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  18. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I know, it's ridiculous isn't it? They take a wood that feels good in it's natural state & coat it with a shiny coating so it feels as bad as varnished maple! Strange things, Rickenbackers...
     
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    This is a pretty timely thread for me. I’ve wanted to return some luster to my maple neck for sometime now. I’m interested in the zymol, a little pricey but I expected such. Turtle wax would be the easiest solution but I’d probably make a mess with that. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  20. FuzzFace90

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    Do you think that GBC# would be ok to use on a poly maple neck? Just a light waxing. I want to shine up the fretboard a little I know that’s the opposite of what most people like to do, hah.
     
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