Cleaning the patina off frets

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sincity, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    I purchased a bass that was sitting for some time, and has developed some patina on the frets.

    What is the best way to remove this and clean up the fretboard.

    Fretboard is maple.

    Thank you.
  2. Jon Maghini

    Jon Maghini Commercial User

    Aug 15, 2002
    USA Terryville CT.
    Owner / Builder M Basses
    I would start by removing the neck (if possible)
    If not, mask off the pickups so there is no chance of getting any steel wool particals near the electronics. Begin by Masking off the entire fingerboard with Masking Tape Then use a 0000 steel wool or a synthetic Pad (3M Scotchbrite Gray)
    then polish the frets across the width of the board untill they are clean and shiny. Then remove the tape, And use An Automotive Cleaner Wax to polish the finish on the maple... If you have any questions let me know... Check out my new Web Site