Removing tool marks from my crowning file ...

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  1. Robbied_216

    Robbied_216 Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey guys,
    I'm curious as to what y'all do to remove any of the marks left from crowning files. I remember back in AUS when I used to have my luthier friend do my fret work, they tops of the frets would be like glass after he was done.

    I have seen emery boards like what the lady uses for her nails... would something like this followed by some polish be a suitable option?

    Thanks everybody!

    -Rob
     
  2. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

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    I progress along the frets with 220, 320 wet and dry, 400 wet and dry , and then 0000 steel wool. It does the job.
     
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    Robbied_216 Tele-Afflicted

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    Of course... Thanks for the link Ricky... I have read that before but totally forgot about it.
     
  5. supersonicobr

    supersonicobr TDPRI Member

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    I got a question in that regard if anyone should have any sort of input - my crowning files always seem to attack the recently-levelled fret top instead of just tackling the "shoulder" the levelling process yields.

    In the attached photos you'll see the results I get with a diamond crowning file (fret 10 is the jumbo side, 11 is the medium), an Amazon-sold Gurian jumbo file (fret 12) and 90ish seconds with a flat file against the fret side; fret 9 I tackled with my PoorBone (LittleBone-lookalike made out of a bit of wood, a strip of 400-grit wet-or-dry and a small clamp.

    What am I doing wrong? Or are the crowning files supposed to perform as such?! (that's the impression I get from reading Ron Kirn's thread, but -) I'm unwilling to even touch the fret tops after levelling them as I feel anything apart from polishing them might reintroduce misalignment.
     

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    I used a dremel with a cutting paste. Came out pretty well.
     
  7. guitarbuilder

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    I have a Gurian and long Stewmac one from years ago. I don't like the gurian and never use it. The Stewmac is for jumbo frets. That way the file surface can be tilted slightly to leave the sharpied top ridge untouched. It works fine that way. I'd investigate one of the diamond ones some time though.
     
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