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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Neck Cleaning & Pick Guard Repair


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Frank Scott
Jul 29th, 2017 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Guys, I just purchased a new Fender Squier Bass and it had been on the wall hanger at a music store for a while because I have two issues I am trying to correct. I need to know your recommendations on how to get the black marks off the upper portion of the neck. The salesman told me he used some type of compound but it did not work. Also he tried to get the left over marks from the plastic on the pick guard and put small scuff marks on it and I am wondering how to get those off. Any help with these two issues would be greatly appreciated.

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Jul 29th, 2017 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For the neck, first I'd try Naptha, rubbed on with a cloth. If that didn't shift it, you could use a 1000 grit wet & dry paper which will take a little of the surface off. (If that didn't do it and you're brave, 600 grit. Don't worry, take it easy and you'll be OK.) Follow this up with finer grits or 0000 or 00000 steel wool, then Meguiars car polish (if they still do the 'step' system, I use 1 & 2, sometimes you don't need 2, 1 will give a good shine.)

For the scuff marks on the plastic, Meguiars again, but some scuff marks on plastic aren't going to come out. You could try the steel wool first, but I wouldn't risk making it worse with wet & dry, plastic may not react as well as the harder varnish surface of the neck will.

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Jul 29th, 2017 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those black marks from rubber hangers are often *in* the finish, not on it. Which means polishing compound will often not remove them. You have to carefully scrape the finish (or carefully sand) and monitor your progress.

For the scuffed-up plastic: if you want to return it to pristine condition, the only way is to remove it from the guitar and strip all the components from it. Lay it flat on a table top and wet-sand it with 600 grit, followed by 800 grit, followed by 1000 grit. Next buff it with polishing compound to shine it up. The ABS plastic is susceptible to heat buildup, so if you're using an electric buffer, keep that pad moving over the surface and use very little pressure.

If you spot-fix it in place on the guitar, it will create low spots on the surface where you did the repairs and that will show in reflected light.

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