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    ok i sanded off the finish on my ibanez maple neck but,some of the frets got scuffed a little...now how do i get em shiny again? i have the steel wool but wanna get some input on this.....thanks,rick.
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    If the scratches are itty bitty ones, just take some grade #0000 steel wool (that's the super fine stuff) and shine them up. It's a good idea to do that on a regular basis anyway. Just pinch the fret with the steel wool and move along the fret wire, parallel to the frets. It only takes a few passes to get them nice and smooth, and you don't want to start wearing them away by working too hard.


    If you're not very steady-handed, you may want to tape off the fretboard around the frets you're cleaning, to keep from scratching the wood up.
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    Depending on how bad the scuffing is, should decide what you use.
    Steel wool?..uh uh.
    Steel wool is not a good choice for frets. They might appear shiny after rubbing with steel wool, but it will actually cause tons of tiny scratches.
    Put masking tape, or painter's tape(like masking tape, but won't stick as hard and a better choice) on the fret board between the frets so it touches the base of the fret, and only the fret shows. Then get a light grade buffing compound from just about any automotive or hardware store, and buff the frets one at a time, polishing from side to side. Don't start the next one till the first fret is done right, and take your time. If you're only talking about light scratches then a buffing compound will do it nicely without wearing or damaging the fret.
    If they're deep scratches then it doesn't matter because nothing short of a finishing file will help. It sounds like a little light scratching is all you've got so try the buffing compound and you might have to repeat a few times till it shines the way you want, but again, don't use steel wool unless you're in a hurry and don't care about what's really happening to the fret.

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    ANY abrasive, be it sandpaper, steel wool, or rubbing compound leaves scratches, some just finer than others. I've used #0000 steel wool on frets for years, and have never had any problems. (well, except for the time i forgot to cover the pickups first---yeesh! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img])

    Steel wool is used at the factories as the last step in fret dressing; I don't see why it would be harmful, unless you used too rough a texture.

    But Tribb, if u wanna fight about it, email me! [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] We'll duke it out Old West style!
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    thanks guys. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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    ok all done.it worked great . [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img] nice and smooth and shiny...i also used some on the the neck(an ibanez wizard) which was already sanded and now its silky smooth. im building a whole new ibanez project i have the sanded wizard neck and i just got a desert yellow rg550 body thats completley mint ,not a scratch. im gonne throw some dimarzio s(maybe duncans just to be differnt) in there too..not sure if im gonna trip it out with colored pick ups and knobs yet.
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