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Rusty Frets

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by digidealaybb404, Oct 3, 2005.


  1. i just got my bass back from my grnadads, it was left during my move to kalamazoo. and it hasnt been played for about 4 months. when i took it out of it's case, i noticed some of the frets looked rusty right on the edgr of the fretboard. is there a way that they could just be dirty, and if it happens to be rust. is there a way i can clean my frets so that there isnt anymore rust.
     
  2. Redhotbassist

    Redhotbassist

    Oct 19, 2002
    England
    Put lemon oil to a cloth and rub down the frets.. see if anything comes off.. or improves.. if that doesent work.. try... Cillit bang?
     
  3. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
    Get some WD40 and wipe the frets if they're rusty. I'm not sure if it could negatively affect the fretboard, so try to keep it on the frets themselves.
     
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Never use WD40 on your bass.

    If you can't rub the 'rust' away with a cloth...

    ...and you have a rosewood or other unfinished fretboard try the lemon oil and a cloth.

    ...if that doesn't work you can mask off your frets (AND your pickups) and use some extra fine steel wool to get them shiny.
     
  5. Groover

    Groover

    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    I use some metal polish stuff, Never Dull I think it's called, but I'm not 100% sure.

    Anyway, comes in a can and the stuff looks like cotton lightly soaked in cleaner.

    I use masking tape to tape the fretboard and then polish the frets. Takes a little time to mask around the frets, but it's worthwhile.

    When it's all polished, I remove the tape, then I use lemon oil to finish/clean the entire fretboard.

    That's just the way I do it. Not sure if it's necessarily the best/safest way, but works for me.
     
  6. dave120

    dave120

    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    Dunlop makes some micro fret polishing cloths (not micro fiber guitar polishing cloths!) that work really well. They're kind of hard to come across, so try eBay and the like. They're pretty cheap and do a good job at cleaning frets, and don't make a mess out of the fretboard if you're careful.
     
  7. jgsbass

    jgsbass

    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    Get some grade 600 sandpaper. Tear off a piece 1 inch by 1/2 inch. Fold that in 3. Now carefully and gently rub the affected area. If you press on the fret and slide the paper across the fret length ( E to G) you will get off any rust and youll give your fret a quick dressing.
     
  8. epoxo57

    epoxo57

    Feb 17, 2005
    Perrysburg, Ohio

    +1

    I just used 0000 steel wool for my fretboard and 00 for my frets, but you could probably use the 0000 for both. Yes, tape over your pickups to avoid shavings sticking to the magnets.
     
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    ARRRRGGGGHHHH! No, don't do that! 600 grit sandpaper will take size off your frets and cause them to be misleveled. Use 0000 steel wool.
     
  10. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    Get some grade 600 sandpaper. Tear off a piece 1 inch by 1/2 inch. Fold that in 3. Now carefully and gently rub the affected area. If you press on the fret and slide the paper across the fret length ( E to G) you will get off any rust and youll give your fret a quick dressing.
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    +1


    Obviously mask the sourrounding fretboard with tape as to not damage it. When you sand, go very lightly and the rust will come off. You shouldn't, as others have alluded to, take off much metal from the fret.