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Thread: Help/Question: Is it safe to use Carnauba wax on a polyester body finish?

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    Question Help/Question: Is it safe to use Carnauba wax on a polyester body finish?

    Hey all!

    I'm just wondering if Carnauba Dunlop 65 guitar wax is actually safe to polish on my St. Vincent HHH, which has a poly finish only on the body of the guitar?

    If not, what is an alternative product that you can use to "wax" with? Since I already have a polish, or will a polish do?

    Thanks!
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    Polyurethane and polyester are pretty much impervious to things like water, chemicals, etc. There should be no issue at all using any commercially available guitar waxes on the body.
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    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Polyurethane and polyester are pretty much impervious to things like water, chemicals, etc. There should be no issue at all using any commercially available guitar waxes on the body.
    Also! Can Montan wax work? If so, which one would be better to use? Or are they pretty much the same thing?
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    Given how durable the poly coat is, why would you want to wax the finish at all?

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    Yes, definitely. You can also use automotive paint polishes as well to take of swirls and light scratches. The EB customer service folks have verified in previous threads. Here's one where Casey chimed in as well:

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Given how durable the poly coat is, why would you want to wax the finish at all?
    Okay, so I was reading this website online, that cleaning and polishing are not the final steps on a guitar, but rather waxing adds the extra protection on it. So I was getting kind of confused?

    And if I will be using the Dunlop 65 Carnauba wax, will that sand the guitar? Is it abrasive? Or just clean and polish it?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Etudica View Post
    Yes, definitely. You can also use automotive paint polishes as well to take of swirls and light scratches. The EB customer service folks have verified in previous threads. Here's one where Casey chimed in as well:

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    Oh! Okay! Thanks! Can I also possibly Dunlop guitar Montan wax or is Dunlop 65 Carnauba guitar wax is much more effective?
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    It kinda seems like you have a basic misunderstanding of what Wax is. It's like the Wax you put on cars. It goes over the finish, makes it waterproof, and makes it slippery and gleaming.

    What exactly are you trying to do to the finish on the guitar? Is there finish damage? Do you have "swirlies" and such in the finish?
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    Yes, I kinda do have a misunderstanding of the wax... Lol.

    Well, my guitar has scratches and that (but no major cracks or yellowing). So I was wondering if either guitar Dunlop Montan wax or Carnauba wax will cover that scratches or will that scratch the guitar even further? And what's the difference between the two?

    Or for now, just a cleaner & polisher will do without the the wax part?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    It kinda seems like you have a basic misunderstanding of what Wax is. It's like the Wax you put on cars. It goes over the finish, makes it waterproof, and makes it slippery and gleaming.

    What exactly are you trying to do to the finish on the guitar? Is there finish damage? Do you have "swirlies" and such in the finish?
    Yes, I kinda do have a misunderstanding of the wax... Lol.

    Well, my guitar has scratches and that (but no major cracks or yellowing). So I was wondering if either guitar Dunlop Montan wax or Carnauba wax will cover that scratches or will that scratch the guitar even further? And what's the difference between the two?

    Or for now, just a cleaner & polisher will do without the the wax part?
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