What do you do for your frets?

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  1. revtime

    revtime Strat-Talker

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    I use the fingernail polishers too. Tape off each fret with painters tape. The ones I use have 3 sides rough, smooth, and shine. I destroy one doing a complete fret polish but they are cheap. I pick some up whenever I am in Walgreens. Polish the frets about twice a year. SS frets about once a year.
     
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  2. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Frets? Do?
     
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  3. Slacker G

    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    I try to keep a positive attitude so that I don't fret.

    Dating frets? My Strats perked up when I read that to them.
     
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    revtime Strat-Talker

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    What happens if you have a really bad day and fret out?
     
  5. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    I hit them with guitar stings, and then wiggle the strings around.
    Works pretty well.
     
  6. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    If they're not shiny, they are likely slowing you down or making bends harder.

    "Does this string gauge make me look fat?".
     
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  7. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    I like to use a mid then high grit polish on them... but to face reality: You're dragging a steel string across a softer metal surface. Polishing past around 2500 might make you feel good, but I don't think it's going to matter when you play. However, whatever makes you happy.
     
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  8. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    ‘I go up to 2000 grit sandpaper. Then I use the Gorgamyte. It leaves black mess even on clean frets. Chemical reaction with the metal.
     
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    rake6978 Strat-Talk Member

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    When I do a level and dress I also go up to 2000 grit paper then it's a felt wheel on a Foredom tool with jeweler's rouge. Tried fret erasers. IMHO, they suck!
     
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  10. tanta07

    tanta07 Senior Stratmaster

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    So what do shiny frets do for you?
     
  11. Leofender

    Leofender Strat-Talk Member

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    Screenshot_2021-09-14-21-38-52-75_260528048de7f2f358f0056f785be619.jpg Every time I change strings, that's a good time to clean the fingerboard and frets. It's good to start with a creme cleanser like Ajax on the entire fingerboard. Rub the frets and all the adjoining surfaces down with gusto, ie vigorously.
    Then wipe away all evidence of abrasive particles completely with new chux or other clean disposable cloth. Avoid excessive water penetration. Use a white coloured cloth as test to determine all clean and dry.
    Then if frets are not shiny, apply Autosol metal polish on frets. Vigorous effort will get them smooth and shiny. Clean as in above, test to determine white cloth remains white after running frets and wood.
     
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    Aleksej79ns Strat-Talk Member

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    Once a year I level them, crown, and polish (with paste for metal polishing...) And with every string change just polish.
     
  13. dvqc1

    dvqc1 Strat-Talk Member

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    I take a little different approach than most probably but I have been working on guitars forever it seems. I tape off the frets but then use either 2500 or 3000 grit wet sand sandpaper like they use on cars and wet sand the frets. I then take a good metal polish and polish and buff them and they look better than new. I do this to every guitar I own and usually do it at least once a year.
     
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    I dont fret about them.
     
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    bam-boozle Strat-Talk Member

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    Gorgomyte
     
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    Slartybartfast Strat-Talker

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    I have a can of Nevrdull on my bench. No more steel wool particles everywhere. I shine them up every string change. sometimes you don't realize how discolored they are until you you clean the first one.
     
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    NGS LONDON Strat-Talk Member

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    T-cut and 2500-300O wet dry does nicely.
     
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    Seenya Strat-Talk Member

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    I am soooo glad there was no internet 50 some-odd years ago when I started playing. I'd have polished, sanded, refinished, modded and buffed so much I'd never have actually played the darn thing. That said, if it makes you happy, knock yourself out. It's your guitar and no one can tell you what to do with it.
     
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  19. Exhead

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    Looks like we have all found different ways to achieve an enhanced look and/or feel to our guitars. Play on!
     
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    dspellman Strat-Talker

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    A couple of culprits possible.
    One is eddy currents -- electrical currents caused by dissimilar metals.
    Another is the presence of nitrocellulose, which can mean the lacquer, a pick guard, inlays. The stuff outgasses nitric acid, and in a confined space, it can build up and even accelerate corrosion. There can also be chemistry in the composition of the case materials that will accelerate corrosion.

    If you've got a guitar/case combo in particular that you notice frets getting gunked up, try putting a VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) in the case. Check theruststore.com for examples. Another similar option is to buy an anti-corrosion rifle bag (same VCI materials), slide it in half lengthwise and put half of it under the guitar. They're cheap -- generally under $10 each from retailers. https://www.zerust.com/products/vci...h6UjbFfVYlcq-cJC_2NwfVztLIhtZBM0aAncCEALw_wcB These things release a vapor that inhibits corrosion (NASA and other government agencies use them to preserve delicate parts that are stored for long periods). Nothing to damage the guitar's finish or wood, and the metal bits will thank you for it.
     
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