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 Post subject: Using mineral spirits to clean Rosewood fretboards
PostPosted: November 17th, 2016, 5:30 pm 
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Hey guys,
Have you ever used or heard of using mineral spirits to clean a fretboard?

I found this video and took his advice:

https://youtu.be/ha-utKO2Nuc

It really brought the fretboard I used it on back to life.

The mineral spirits did leave the fretboard looking very dry before I applied the conditioner, and it left ashy spots on my hands where they came into contact. Granted, my hands aren't made of wood, but that made me think that perhaps mineral spirits is a bit too aggressive to use on wood.

I can't argue with the results, though! The fretboard looks like new!

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 Post subject: Re: Using mineral spirits to clean Rosewood fretboards
PostPosted: November 17th, 2016, 5:32 pm 
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Lemon oil works great in my experience. Never tried mineral spirits.

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PostPosted: November 17th, 2016, 5:57 pm 
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Mineral spirits is a great way to clean the neck but if you don't oil that thing up nicely afterwards, you will dry the HELL out of the wood. Good work!

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 Post subject: Re: Using mineral spirits to clean Rosewood fretboards
PostPosted: November 17th, 2016, 10:41 pm 
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A bit long, but a good video overall. Some good cleaning tips, fingerboard/wood grain comparisons... he cleaned the board with Naptha, which seems to be the best to clean with, yet not raise the grain. I'm curious about his use of Feed-N-Wax, a combination of oils and waxes - seems like a good idea, especially here in Hawaii....

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