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Old 02-17-2012, 04:29 PM
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Default Wax for a guitar?

I bought a new Martin D-18, and I'm wondering what is safe to use to keep her spick and span?

What do you guys and gals use? I'm sure this subject has been covered before, but I'm a newby.

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:36 PM
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I love this stuff. So do luthiers at the guitar shows. Quite a number of them use it.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishin...on_Polish.html

I'd avoid this:
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:48 PM
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I have always used Bon-Ami to clean and then use Lemon Pledge and buff after with a micro fiber cloth. I have been doing it this way for over 40 yrs and have had very good results. Just do not use anything abrasive..

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:59 PM
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bon ami IS abrasive...and I can't think of another person who would recommend pledge. Harry, you're breaking all the "rules!


I believe in using no waxes or polishes
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:00 PM
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I've been polishing my guitars every time I change the strings on them for close to half a century now. The best stuff I've found so far is Preservation Polish, available at www.stewmac.com.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:04 PM
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Thanks, keep them coming.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:34 PM
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Sorry RussB For breaking the rules, but it has worked great for me. The Bon-Ami I used is a glass cleaner in a spray can, like a foam. I am only saying what I use.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:49 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't let Bon Ami anywhere near my guitars. YMMV. I give my guitars a clean and polish with Virtuoso about once a year. Virtuoso is well-recommended 'round these parts and designed for the various finishes on guitars without damaging them.
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Nothing but a slightly warm, slightly damp cloth once in a blue moon.

Other than that; bourbon spills wiped with flannel shirt sleeve...

(Seriously, DON'T put wax on your guitar!)
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:56 PM
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An old T-shirt and some huuuurring is all that is required. Occasionally a wipe with a very slightly dampened cloth might come in handy. My gloss finished Fyldes, and satin finished Lowdens have never needed more than this to keep them looking good through many years of intensive use.
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I use Planet Waves Restore and Protect (2 seperate items) followd by Shine. But DON'T use wax on any satin-finished parts of the guitar!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:06 PM
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Nothing but a slightly warm, slightly damp cloth once in a blue moon.

Other than that; bourbon spills wiped with flannel shirt sleeve...

(Seriously, DON'T put wax on your guitar!)

I concur, but it will be interesting to hear what folks are doing
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:14 PM
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Waxing guitars? What a concept!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:31 PM
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I contacted Taylor and they use Turtle Wax / Express Shine at the factory. I was suprised but tried it and was impressed! You don't leave it on wet very long. Spray it on a soft cloth, wipe it on and then quickly wipe it dry with another soft dry cloth. Go figure!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:34 PM
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I'm not sure if waxing is what I really meant, I was just wondering what you use to keep the shine in your guitar.and also is there anything that will help to hide scratches?
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