Smoothing a Sticky Neck

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  1. SpringTank

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    I know this has been posted about before at length, but as per the rules I didn't want to dig up an old thread and my question is slightly different than those discussed.

    I got a two pack of large synthetic steel wool pads from Canadian Tire. They say they're the equivalent of #000 steel wool. Will these be alright, or too harsh, to use on a neck (and potentially) fingerboard? I've used #0000 steel wool in the past. Its gentle, but messy, and the results are not always long lasting.

    It's a thin skin lacquer finish on the neck and is quite sticky and inhibiting while playing. The fingerboard also has noticable drag. I'm hoping this will smoothen it and make it 'faster' playing.

    If anyone is interested I'll post pics of the product and my results, if I go through with it.
     

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    I have read either 0000 or Scotch-Brite pads work well. I haven't tested this theory myself, but there are plenty of those who have and can swear by either one.
     
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    You can always try it on a very small section and if it doesn't do what you want it to, there' always scotch-brite.
     
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    Yeah, I've read on here about both. It's particularly the #000 vs #0000 that I'm concerned about. I don't want the #000 to be too abrasive.
     
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    I use a little talcum/baby powder. Just like a pool cue. :cool:
     
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    I did my CV lightly with 220 and then 600 grit and I think it feels great!
     
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    a polish with 2000 grit paper will de-shine a finish...
     
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    000 is quite fine, easy on the pressure and you should be fine. Scotch-Brite are too coarse in my opinion.
     
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    I've used 000 on necks I shot with nitrocellulose lacquer and been pleased with the results. I shoot maple necks fairly light. And use the steel wool very lightly too.
     
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    I found 0000 to leave scratch marks too big for me. You can't see them that well except when you get a light angle on them though.
     
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    Thanks for the responses so far everyone. It's encouraging. Now if I can just find the courage to actually do it.. :D

    Too coarse as opposed to another product? Perhaps steel wool?



    Can I use these on the fingerboard or will it go hazy?
     
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    This. I hate steel wool because you end up with tiny little shards of metal everywhere, and if you get them near your pickups they'll end up stuck all over them. I use super fine sandpaper. Done it to every guitar I own now, and they all feel smooth as silk.
     
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    yeah, throw the steel wool away... :D
     
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    I hate steel wool, only good for starting fires. Your pickups will love all of the little metal particles. When most people state "Scotch-Brite" they are referring to the green multi purpose pads, those are too coarse and could leave scratches.
     
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    Scotch Pad works for me.
     
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    No steel wool around a guitar, ever. You will see people recommending it all day long as if they are working on refinishing an old worn out kitchen table or cupboard.

    Get 800 or higher grit sandpaper in the automotive section of hardware stores.

    Mask off the ends of the neck where you want the work not to go. This will make it look professional. It will give you a crisp line. Try a 'V' or something creative with the tape.
    Sand the finish just enough to give it a satin feel. Do not burn through the finish down to bare wood, even if the forum denizens suggest you do that.

    Then someday when you want to sell this guitar you can polish the neck back to the factory shine. Even if it's a "I'll never get rid of this guitar"-guitar. Eventually you will sell it like everyone else does.


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    I start mine with green Scotchbrite, then go to 1000 paper, and finish it off with 2000 paper.
    Comes out super slick.
    Just don't press too hard.
    I cut everything to 2” squares.

    Bob
     
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    Harbor Freight assortment 500 grit, then 1000 grit, then 2000 grit. Light touch is best. Talcum powder also gave good results.
    As has been said, NO STEEL WOOL.
     
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    I use 3M Trizact 3000 to 5000 grit pads.
     
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    Here is the real deal solution:

    Green Scotch-brite pad for about 10 seconds. It does leave scratches as someone pointed out.
    Then white Scotch-brite pad (buy both at ACE Hardware) and buff out the scratches. About a minute.
    Repeat process until desired smoothness. I have done this on almost every guitar I have ever owned.

    BTW, having steel wool around anything guitar or electronic related equipment is just asking for trouble. Yup, you can be careful, but why even go there?
     
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