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Thread: Cleaning dark stains from maple neck

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    I kinda like the "before" ...but if you're happy with the results then it's alll gooooddd (y)

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    The finished guitar is here if you want a better look: http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ba...niversary.html
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    Looks great! Congrats! And thanks for sharing your method. I will save this thread in case I ever need to use it.
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    Thank you for posting this Kimonostereo!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimonostereo View Post
    Next, I used Murphy's soap oil undiluted and a tooth brush and cleaned the entire neck. I wiped off the Murphy's with a clean rag and let it dry a bit to see progress. There were still some deep set stains.

    I had heard that oxalic acid has been used to bleach hard wood. After researching a bit and seeing results, I decided to give it a try. Luckily, I had a bottle of Barkeepers Friend under the sink. We use this to clean stainless steel pans, but this products main ingredient is oxalic acid so I decided to try it out. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when using this.

    I put a bit of the Barkeeper's Friend power into a small plastic container (I used the plastic top from a gatorade bottle) and added a few drops of water to make s slurry. I wanted the solution to be relatively thick and paste like. I stirred it up then applied it to one section the fretboard (one area at a time) and let it sit there for about 2 minutes or so. I then took a tooth brush and cleaned the area with the slurry. When done, take a clean rage and wipe it off. I found that a majority of the deep stains disappeared. After completing the entire neck I took the tip of a toothpick and ran it on the edges of both sides of each fret to remove any oxalic acid crystals that may have gotten stuck inside.

    I then used 0000 steel wool to shine the frets as the oxalic acid can dull the shine of the frets.

    Lastly, put a coat of Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil and Wax, place the neck back on the body and you're done!

    It's a lot of work, but not as bad as trying to strip finish from a fretboard (don't ask!) and the results are worth it if you have a really grimey unfinished maple neck that you want to restore. Let me know if you have any questions.
    Thank you for this! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I followed only the steps above and these were the results: (not great pics, but really dramatic results!)

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    Wow! That looks great! I'm glad it worked for you. How long did it take you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimonostereo View Post
    Wow! That looks great! I'm glad it worked for you. How long did it take you?
    Total? About 25 minutes - including disassembly and reassembly.

    The Murphy's didn't remove much - it was the Bartenders stuff that really did the trick. My wife bought a bottle of the liquid version some months ago to clean some stainless steel. I remembered we had it when I read your post - and then the lightbulb went on!
    Last edited by Norrin Radd; 09-11-2016 at 07:42 PM.
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    so it sounds like the murphys step is not necessary - what about the tru oil step can i skip that? not sure where to get my hands on some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJM View Post
    I personally like the look of used dirty maple fretboards... adds mojo
    Nice guitar btw.
    Me too.

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    That's a great looking top you've got there kimono. I've had mine for a few years now and I still sometimes just stare at it. It is just a great aesthetic design from top to bottom, from the dots to the top to the placement of knobs and switches. And boy is it a great guitar to play. I understand that this was an anniversary guitar and MM wanted it to stand out, and this it does. But I think that if MM had offered the quilt or flame top, the reflex would have sold better. That said, enjoy! My guess is that you'll get that board nice and dirty again in no time.
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    Hey Kimonostereo, any way we can get the pictures back? Even just two or three important ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    Hey Kimonostereo, any way we can get the pictures back? Even just two or three important ones?
    Let me fix them when I get to my computer. Forgot about the fact that PB broke everything.
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    2012 - Albert Lee SSS - White Pearl
    2014 - Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow (Reflex mod) - Black Cherry Burst
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst

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    OK! Fixed the images!
    EVH - Blue Quilt
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    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2012 - Albert Lee SSS - White Pearl
    2014 - Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow (Reflex mod) - Black Cherry Burst
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJM View Post
    I personally like the look of used dirty maple fretboards... adds mojo
    Nice guitar btw.
    +1 on that.
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