Cleaning Your Hardware and Frets

cleaning hardware

Cleaning the Hardware

Nickel hardware does not stay shiny for long after polishing (unlike Chrome) and will become dull with time, as a result, polishing nickel can seem like a never ending chore. I use a variety of different products on nickel including GHS Guitar Gloss, Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish  and various nickel polishes.

Keep in mind when polishing Gold pickups, tuners and other hardware, that you are polishing a coating. Aggressive repeated polishing, especially with something abrasive, can eventually rub thru the plating completely removing it. To preserve the coating as long as possible I would avoid frequent polishing of Gold. I have used Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream on Gold as well as other coatings with great success. It is non-abrasive.

Deep Scratches

In order to polish a scratch away you must remove enough finish to get to the bottom of the scratch,  have it level with the surrounding finish, and that’s what makes it disappear. It is not very wise to attempt that on very deep scratches. If your fingernail can make a clicking sound when pulled across the scratch, it is too deep and should be touched up instead.

Waxing Guitars Having a coat of wax on the finish gives the finish a slippery feel not only makes it look shiny but it makes it easier to clean in the future and waxing the back of a glossy neck may create less drag and friction on your fretting hand. Regardless of your brand preference, avoid using anything on your instrument that contains silicon as it makes finish repair a nightmare. Waxing your instrument’s finish is a choice. Here are some waxes you can review.

Cleaning your Frets

For some slick string bending cleaned and polished frets are not just pretty. Although steel wool definitely cleans fingerboards and brightens up dull nickel it does little to create the super fine polishing that’s associated with a first class fret polish. For polishing frets micro-mesh polishing cloth is one of my favorite products. Just like sandpaper micro-mesh is available in several different grit but is fine enough to use without fear of changing the fret’s height. Think of this technique when restoring an instrument that has not been maintained or frets that are fairly scratched. Here are some products that might work for you.

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