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Polishing Ebonol

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I have a Mighty Mite unlined ebonol neck. She's a beaut, but I like keeping things in a pristine condition. Used roundwounds on it, which puts white scratches in the ebonol, which, IMO is hideous.

    To get rid of them, I used Turtle Wax's car rubbing compound, then Maguire's ultimate car compound, then Maguire's ultimate car polish. White scratches are gone, but ebonol no longer has a shiny black finish, instead it is now a very dull dark grey. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas how I can bring it back to shiny black.


  2. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    buff it out just like any polish?

    though, are you sure all that polish isn't going to gunk up your strings?
  3. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I have tried to buff it out and it doesn't seem to get much better. Myabe I'm not using the right stuff. I'll google what people use to buff car finishes.

    I've done a good job of cleaning off the board after applying the compounds. I have done this with another ebonol board I had, and never had any issues. Plus I have now switched to tapewounds so it shouldn't matter too much anyway.
  4. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Try some micromesh.
  5. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    You might need to use an electronic buffing tool, if your elbow isn't getting it done. The surface area of a fretboard is so narrow, I'm sure its tough to really get your arm into it. Especially if the bass isn't laying flat/secure.