How do i clean frets ends?

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  1. guitarmoron

    guitarmoron Tele-Meister

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    I polished a couple of guitars frets, but my strat has green tarnish on the ends,they aren’t sharp and I have tried gorgomyte to no avail, any suggestions ?

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    Tape it off and try 400 grit paper on it or some liquid metal polish like Flitz
     
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    Tripoli polish from the hardware store and a cloth wheel on a Dremel is how I do it.
     
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    0000 Steel wool. Use protectors or tape on the fretboard.

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    I've used steel wool many times but have come to the conclusion there are many products that do the same if not better, & dont run the risk of stray steel fibers getting in/on pickups.

    I currently use a finger nail buffing board to polish frets. No prep, just use the little aluminum bits to protect the board. If I have the energy i might use a dremel/polish to get em real shiny.

    Ive never felt OCD enough to do the fret ends. I dont play on the ends. If all this is for cosmetics your strings obscure it all anyway, so what's the point?
     
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    Yep, this
     
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    Nobody who knows what they're doing uses steel wool.
     
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    :lol: Well, it may be true I don't know what I'm doing, but I've been doing it for a long time, and it works great for me. I should have mentioned that you need to tape off the pickups to keep any steel bits away from the magnets.
     
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    Considering the time and hassle of taping everything up (I've even read about people putting the body in a trash bag and taping it up)...why not just use sandpaper or scotch-brite?
    I see no advantage to the outcome by using steel wool.
     
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    I'd just leave it alone, it will only keep coming back.
     
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    If it's a recurring problem, get one of those multi- sided fingernail dressing thingies at the drugstore and give them an occasional zip.
     
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    Scotch-brite works fine too. I like the steel wool because it forms to the surface and it never wears out, like sandpaper does. Taping the pickups takes about ten seconds. As usual, YMMV.
     
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    I found 0000 BRONZE wool at the big box hardware store that works like the steel wool, but the “dust” will not be attracted to the pickup magnets.
     
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    I've been using steel wool for 40 years on every fret I've installed. Must be I don't know what I'm doing.....Thanks for the enlightenment....
     
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    Whatever abrasive you use to remove the oxidation, it will also remove particles of the fret metal that could end up in the pickups so it is best to protect them from that.

    I bought a guitar that had a lot of oxidation on all of the frets. To clean it off I experimented with everything I had. My favorite was steel wool dipped in auto polishing compound. Then I used fingernail style polishing sticks of varying courseness to polish them. There are lots of ways to do a good job cleaning frets. It isn't rocket science.
     
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    Keep the change, kid.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I've used lots of abrasive and polishing products on guitar parts, and all have their uses/ liabilities.
    Steel wool is nice because it cuts quick yet doesn't cut to a dull surface, like most grades of scotch brite create a dull finish, and the finest grades make a nice polish but cut really slow on metal. I forget now which product cuts at what rate on what metal, gettin old.

    WRT green fret ends, I run a humidifier in winter to prevent sprout, plus have pretty humid summer weather.

    The only green I see on frets is really old junkers with brass or brassy alloy frets, that sat in basements and barns for decades.

    Is the Strat a Strat?
    Or more of a strat shaped object?

    Maybe too many Creme De Menthe shots?
     
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    Everything relics better under green stuff.
     
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