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Cleaning French Polished neck?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by tplyons, May 8, 2005.


  1. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    How would one go about properly cleaning a French Polished neck. I had it sanded and polished almost a year ago and it's getting pretty gunky. How should I do this without ruining anything?
     
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    You can use OOOO Steel Wool (usually pronounced "four-o") to remove gunk. It will remove the gunk, and not the finish. Some folks will use Xylene w/paper towels, but you should do it outside. I've also had success with the "orange cleaner" solution, comes in a spray bottle, you can get it at Target, Lowe's, etc. It's not as toxic as xylene.
     
  3. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    ...or, in my neck of the woods, "four ought".

    We're kinda old-fashioned in my neck of the woods. You should see the looks I get when I talk about the year "twenty-ought-five"...
     
  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I betcha use the word "zed", as well....