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Wax, polish

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LowDan, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. LowDan


    Nov 6, 2006
    I Got a G/C Gift Card yestorday.
    Whats Everyone useing As far As wax/ Polish ?

  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    It highly depends on your bass.
  3. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
    I agree with xgabriel. Plus, there is a difference between wax and polish. Some brands say polish on them but there is a wax in them. Other brands, like Dunlop, have seperate bottles for wax and polish.

    So, in the end, do you want to clean your bass or add a coat of wax? I never add a coat of wax.....I just want to clean it once in a blue moon. In that case, I just spray some Dunlop 65 polish on the rag, not the bass.
  4. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
  5. koentje_bassist


    Jun 24, 2006
    Kysers' Dr. Stringfellow Lem-oil, for rosewood fretboards
  6. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Definitely +1 for Meguiars for wax, and +1 Dunlop 65 for polishing.

    NEVER wax a natural wood finished bass. Clean it, and oil it. Wax should ONLY be used on a painted finish.
  7. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
  8. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL

    I use Meguire's to polish my gloss-finish basses, and there's a rough cut Meguire's I use to buff out minor scratches. I got that advice from several luthiers, and it works like a charm. Just use the polish after the rough cut.
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    On my Warwick and Spector I used Boston's Bowling Alley Paste Wax as recommended.

    On my poly finishes I use Dunlop 65.
  10. thumbin


    Dec 20, 2006
    Oregon City, OR
    linseed oil on my warwick thumb :) and alot of elbow grease...
  11. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
    Then why Warwick ships his natural finished basses with a can of wax?
    And Ernie Ball also uses wax on unfinished necks.
    Some brands of wax are for shining porpuses and some others are for maintenance porpuses.
    I use Minwax finishing wax.
  12. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006

    Oooooooh.... I've heard that at a car show this summer... totally forgot about it. I'll hit the store tomorrow. I've got some minor marks I'd like to get out.
  13. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane what goes here?

    Feb 23, 2003
    Denton, Texas
    Lemon Fresh Pledge. When we're not out of the stuff. Like now.
  14. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006

    Then those guys use a lot of grain filler to eliminate all the miniscule pores. I'd be looking for wax residue building up little pink or grey spots in the surface if the wood wasn't absolutely smooth and pore-free. That's why I'd use natural oil for a non-glossy finish. I wouldn't want a wax to give a satin or flat finish any shine, I'd want that for a gloss-coat.

    But what do I know, I'm just a bass player! :D
  15. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    Meguiar's makes an instrument care kit for Fender.

  16. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Zymol is the cat's pajamas for gloss finishes. But it's crazy expensive. I usually just clean the finishes on the basses I painted and occasionally give them a fresh final rub out with 12,000 grit micromesh.
  17. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    What a bunch of girlie men. Nothin' but blood, sweat and tears on my bass! :D
  18. Razman


    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    When I had my Dingwall, I used (per Sheldon) neutral Kiwi shoe polish on the back of the maple neck. Just a small amount, mind you, and then I followed up with some carnauba to make it a little more slippery. I used Formby's on the fretboard (but I've heard teak oil is the best stuff - haven't gotten any yet tho) and then Eagle One's Nano wax on the body.
  19. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Do give it a wash once in a while, though. The crud in all blood makes a thick crust and the salt and oils in the sweat and tears give it the consistency of filthy wax. I've worked on a few basses whose owners felt very pleased that they were "relic'ing-in" so well - but after the instrument got a basic wipe down, it turned out that the "wear" they were so impressed about was nothing but schmutz and dirt. ;)
  20. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Careful what you put on the board, cause anything that has additives will rub off on your strings, causing them to go dead and gathering dirt and crap on the board. Teak oil isn't bad, but lemon oil is better. Not lemon oil furniture polish or even lemon oil bottled specially for furniture - real lemon oil from a gourmet food store. All the rest have waxes and other crap you don't want on your board. Good lemon oil is very light (light water), soaks in fast and dries fast.

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