Polish Frets with lapping film?

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  1. Bloozestringer

    Bloozestringer TDPRI Member

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    I picked up a 1998 MIM Nashville Deluxe that the frets need polished on. I’ve never done it but I have some lapping film I use for sharpening straight razors in 12,9,6,3,1, and 0.3 micron. 12 micron is roughly 1200-1400 “grit” and 3 is 8000. I figured it would work well as it’s very flexible and won’t leave a mess. Get some of the fingerboard guards and go for it.
     
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  2. jhundt

    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

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    interesting... I have never heard of lapping film. Do you have to sharpen straight razors often? I don't see them around too much these days.I'm gonna have to look this up...

    wow, just searched that stuff. It looks pretty cool!
     
  3. jvin248

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    You don't get much benefit after 2000 grit paper.
    Normal strings and regular playing will dull the frets pretty quickly if you have anything but stainless steel frets anyway.

    When I'm leveling frets I go 400, 600, 800, 1500, and stop or sometimes an 'eraser' polisher or maybe 2000 if I feel like messing around.

    Protect your fretboard with masking tape before you start polishing though. Or get a polishing shield from StewMac/etc or cut a piece of cereal box cardboard to make your own fretboard shield that you discard after a neck.

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