How to remove scratches ?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MojoRizin, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Hi everybody !

    I have two scratches on my Jazz Bass Squier and I want to remove it :(

    Its not micro scratches but real littles scratches, do you have any advices for that ? :(

    Anf what is the best polish for micro scratches etc. I'll go for Dunlop 65 formula + Dunlop Carnauba Wax, and GHS fast fret for the neck, good choices ?

  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
  3. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    Depending on the severity there are materials you can get right from your auto parts store that will work as well as anything else.
    For starts you can try Meguiar's X 2.0 Fine Scratch and Blemish Remover which works equally well both on auto paint and poly finished guitars.
    If there are many scratches that are smaller and are starting to produce a haze like area around switches and knobs use Zymol. Look for the blue bottle. This is both a cleaner and a wax and it will surprise you. It's not cheap, but it's amazing how well it works.
    Good luck!
  4. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Anything that works well for cars will work great for guitars. I use the 3M products on both for scratch removal and a good polymer "wax" after. The polymer finish is so strong they will protect the surface a lot of damage down the road.
  5. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    I'll go for a car wax ?
  6. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    ZYMOL!!! Original Zymol is the best. It cleans as well as polishes and you would think you have a brand-new guitar or bass. Actually, it should be used immediately upon purchasing a new guitar or bass in order to complete the cleaning, polishing, protecting, and removal of rubbing compound traces so the instrument will look its best for years to come.

    Here's the word from the man himself, Mr. Bennett, CEO of Zymol:

    Hello All, I'm Chuck Bennett, CEO of Zymol and a Bass Player for 43 years. I am interested in answering questions but NOT selling product. I don't have my very old Gibson Ripper anymore because my son, who is a better bass player than I am, fell in love with the bass and received it as a birthday gift! I can't promise I will be able to answer technical finish questions on a timely basis but I will do my best. As for the question about what to wipe a guitar or bass with, be VERY careful! We use T-shirts to micro-sand automobile finishes. Never, ever use a diaper. Microwipes are great as long as you use the wipes that are composed of Nylon and Nitrile, not Polyester and Polyamide. This 'rubber' based compound will not scratch. Nitrocellulose finishes are beautiful, in fact you can't use Nitrocellulose on cars anymore due to the level of VOC's because they scratch just looking at them. Knowing what your finish is made of is the first step in caring for it!
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Zymol works good.

    Car waxes also work good.

    For really deep scratches you may have to wet sand and then buff it out. (Warning .. you can really screw up a finish this way if you don't know what you are doing .. try it on a cheap bass or guitar.)
  8. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Im french and Zymol is not findable there....
  9. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I use car wax on my basses. Just put some in a rag and rub the bass down in a circular motion.
  10. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Novus #2 plastic polish gives excellent results on fine scratches on guitar and bass finishes. The pick guards also. Aside from instruments, it polishes out hazing on car headlights, the clear plastic. Best place to buy, eBay. About $8 for 8 oz. Free shipping.

    As for deep scratches on a bass or guitar..................forget it and live with it.
  11. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    +1 on using Novus
    You can get it at any motorcycle shop.
  12. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Do you have a good polish to recommend ?

    I bought the fender but it dont work very good :/

    An di juste bought a car scratches remover, dont work on my scratch to :(
  13. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Cool. This is what I need for the widows on my Toyota's soft top.

    OP... what Bassdude says is the truth. Forget it and live with it. Scratches are a right of passage. Or, make a few more scratches so the first 2 don't stand out as much.
  14. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Yes, I'll just buy polish to take car e:D
  15. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    I use "Gerlitz" No1 carnauba wax & polish. its the best guitar polish i have used in my 45 years of playing bass.
    it's the only thing I put my my bass other than lem oil for the fretboards, The gerlitz is really good and in a few minuets you get a really deep polish and shine. even cover light scratches. really recommend this polish.
  16. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    And Can I wash my neckboard (unlacquered maple) with lemon oil ?
  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    The Zymol works well but I also use 3M Finesse-It II machine polish. Work it by hand but I also use a mini rag / cloth polishing wheel on my Dremel. Don't use the felt polishing wheels!

  18. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    yes but make sure it is not lacquered as it can react with some lacquers, also would only do it once a year or longer as over time it could darken the maple a little. I have used it on my Artisan lead guitar with a maple fretboard and it make the Maple look more golden after a few years.
  19. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    That's what I use and it works great.