How do you clean your reliced or checked nitro finished guitars?

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  1. KW1977

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    Hello all! I recently purchased my first reliced guitar - an MJT/Musikraft partscaster Tele. The MJT fiesta red body is reliced, checking, some dings and so forth. Very well done. I’ve never owned a reliced guitar and my feelings on it are moot—I mean a beautiful guitar is a beautiful guitar. In any cause, I’ve only had it a few months and it just dawned on me - how do you go about cleaning a reliced/checked finish? I’m definitely one to Keep my instruments clean and mung-free so just letting it grow cheese and fungi isn’t on the docket. I generally use Meguiars deep crystal Carnauba or Gibson spray polish on all my guitars, but naturally there’s some concern for stuff gettin between the cracks.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I have a Danocaster Whiteguard, and other than blow the dust off it every once in a while I barely clean it at all.

    What Dan Strain started, I vow to continue. :)

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    The Mequiars is good but he Gibson cleaner in orange is not good. I currently use Music Nomad ONE polish on mt relic'd custom shop Tele and am happy with the result. I use the Gibson polish for my regular USA Fender strat with poly finish. It's great for that.
     
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  4. Joe M

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    With all due respect to the OP, to me, owning reliced guitars takes some of the hassle away from guitar maintenance. Since I usually keep most in their cases, I don't think I've ever cleaned one that I own other than wiping the dust off the one in my current playing rotation.
     
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    Though I have 12 guitars and 2 basses, only one, my MJT is pre-relic-ed.
    I treat it like all my others.
    When I restring, which is often, I do a complete cleaning and set up.
    Easy peasey.
    I like me, and my stuff to be presentable.
     
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  6. 8trackmind

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    I just dust off the relics. Neck gets a (not very) damp cloth at string changes.
     
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  7. Robert H.

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    A clean relic - that’s an oxymoron.
     
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  8. EdgarHF

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    I'm supposed to clean it?
     
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    The guitar-cleaning fairy comes in the night and does it. That's my story.
     
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    Just wipe it with a soft clothes to get rid of the sweat, that’s really all you need to do.
     
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    If really dirt has built up already, naphta (lighter fluid, really) is your friend, but there should be no need for it before many years of gigging.
     
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    I recommend just going over it lightly with a belt sander at every string change. ;)
     
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    How you clean your guitar depends on you--because everybody's chemistry is different.

    I don't corrode metal parts and strings too badly, but I've had pals borrow a guitar for a gig and return it with the strings rusting off the thing.

    Some players' sweat breaks down nitro faster than others'. If you want to keep your guitar's finish and hardware looking like it does today for as long as possible, wipe it down with a clean cloth after every playing session.

    I'm not a fan of spraying anything onto a guitar because it builds up in some areas and can do damage to finishes and electronics. If you have to apply wax or cleaner, spray it onto the cloth and then use that to apply it.

    I never wax my guitars. I shoot a little Windex onto a soft cloth and wipe everything down--including running the cloth between the strings and frets. You want the cloth just barely dampened.

    Some folks will freak out about Windex ("oh, the alcohol/ammonia/nookyooler solvent will destroy your guitar," etc.), but I've been doing it for 40 years and never had a problem even on nitro finishes.

    Clean your guitar as necessary. If you keep the strings wiped down (top and bottom) they'll last a lot longer and sound better over their lifespan because they won't have gunk built up on them.
     
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    I figure the guitar tech will clean it when it’s time for it to go in for a refret
     
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    Why clean a relic? ..wipe the big stuff off and play it...
     
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    Naphta. And a good cotton cloth.
    But I guess every nitro safe guitar „polish“ is also okay.
     
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    Lighter fluid and a match. "Full Hendrix" is the next step after "relic." Alternatively the damp microfiber cloth is perfect, but not complicated or expensive enough for most guitarists, who use cleaners and waxes instead, guaranteeing future buildup.
     
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    I cant get over the cognitive dissonance of cleaning a reliced guitar... People buy them to look like they can’t look after them.
     
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