Cleaner/Polish

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  1. Paul M

    Paul M New Member

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    I’m looking for suggestions on a cleaner for an SG Special with the satin/ faded finish I just purchased used.

    This is my first SG and I am a new member.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    I use MusicNomad The Guitar 1, rarely and sparingly. Mostly I just wipe it down with a clean soft cloth after use.
     
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    Soft cotton rag and lukewarm water should do it.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I buy Epiphone guitar polish, but I put a Gibson sticker on it.
     
  5. vancouverois

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    D'addario spray cleaner step number 3, works great with the faded finish of my Epi SG Classic P90.

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    Your guitar has poly on it, I think the OP's is nitro.
     
  7. vancouverois

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    I use it on my Gibson SG and LP, both have nitro finish.
    Sure the classic doesn't have a nitro finish.
     
  8. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Got a used one.
    Sent it out for a refinish.
    Filled the grain and gloss clear coat.
    No polish, just wipe down with cloth.

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    I've never come across a guitar cleaner that didn't do the job, or a soft cloth for that matter, so just get the cheapest stuff you can find...
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    THE trick for dust is what you see between the 2 guitars on the right.

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  11. Rockdog

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    I would go with the bare minimum: a soft cotton cloth, slightly dampened with water if necessary.

    FWIW, I stopped using polish after I used one that contained silicone, and I didn't know it. Not only does silicone make refinishing and touch-ups very difficult, but it can cross contaminate your other guitars.
     
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    Huh?
     
  13. Go Nigel Go

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    It might be true... I know the paint shop at the car dealership(s) I have worked at had strict rules about product that contained silicone. Those products had to be kept out of the body shop completely, and more than once I have heard about paint issues attributed to the mere presence of a car that came from the "detailing" shop to the paint shop. The "detailing guys apparently use about 5 pounds of silicone products to detail car.

    If it isn't true that silicone products can cross contaminate through the air, it is certainly misinformation accepted as fact by many, if not most people who apply paints and finishes.
     
  14. Rockdog

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    Because silicone can get on your hands and then it's on whatever you touch. If you go to refinish one of your guitars and it's contaminated with silicone, you get fish eyes.
     
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    Seems like marginally good hygiene should solve that, but I don't judge.
     
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    Just relaying a tip based on experience. No need for snark.
     
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    I have used a couple over the years, starting with Martin over 20 years ago and currently utilizing Dunlop 65. With little elbow grease it brings my guitars a brilliant shine. Truly! I always think my guitars are clean and polished as I often give them a quick wipe down after playing, but after a few minutes of buffing and wiping dust off of those hard to reach places I am always impressed. The Dunlop seems to be safe over my signatures, and also does an impeccable job. So I will likely stick with it for years to come.


    Finished my chores early tonight so gave everyone a spiff up.

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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    No snark, just relaying a tip based on personal experience, 50+years without...

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    "CROSS CONTAMINATION!"
     
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    If it is an SG FADED, do not put 'Virtuoso Polish' on it as it will get inside the grain and when under a Black Light will be all fluorescent. I did that and it was a huge mistake. I sold the li'l BAD-A$$ and was almost sorry I did till I got my 2017 SG STandard that blew the strings off of it !
    Just use Music Nomad Guitar Detailer or Dunlop's Formula 65 and you'll be fim=ne !
     
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    You often play under back light ?
     
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