Polishing Frets

by Brian Calvert

This method is for Rosewood and Ebony finger boards only just so you know Maple is covered below.

Here is a list of the items you will need to get started: Dremel 421 Polishing compound (or jewelers rouge), Dremel 422 polishing tip, a rotary tool, a roll of masking tape and a rag as shown above.

First place a strip of masking tape on both sides of the first fret and dip your tip into the polishing compound while it is rotating to get a good coat on it as pictured to the right.

As you can see to the left when you go up one side and back down the other then across the top you will leave behind a dark grayish residue. You can also see why the tape is used to protect the finger board.
Take your rag and rub off the residue before you remove the tape. That way you are not complicating things by rubbing the leftover compound into your finger board.

First fret- Polished with compound still on

Second fret- Polished and rubbed clean

Third fret- Bare and unfinished at this time

For Maple Fret boards use a steel or aluminum fret protector (pictured to the right) which can be purchased from Stew Mac. If you can't get one from them try going to an art store and asking for an engineers eraser template for drafting, or you can even make one yourself out of an aluminum soda can with a sharp razor if your careful. The reason is that even the least tacky of painters grade masking tapes can and will ruin the lacquer on a maple fret board.

Can you spot the fret I missed =o)

Seriously you will be proud of the look of your guitar and also on dirty fret boards the masking tape will pull the junk out of the grain for you. After the neck has been removed this whole project takes about 30 minutes so if your board on the weekend why not clean your board?



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