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Unread 01-29-2011, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

Would it be ok to clean my fretboard off with mineral spirits instead of naptha?
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Unread 01-29-2011, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

Uhm...

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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

damn man...I woulnt use either one....I would suggest a good wood cleaner...try some murphy's
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

yeah man i use lemopn oil or dunlop kit. i'd steer clear of those.
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

what board do you have?
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

Naphtha is good on finished wood, but not on bare wood like a fretboard.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

It's a rosewood fretboard.
i just did a crown and polish and needed to clean some stuff off.
I said fook it and did the mineral spirits. Not a lot. Waited for it to dry and then put on some fretboard oil.
If it flies apart, I'll let you guys know
Thanks for the input
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Unread 01-31-2011, 01:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

That's all, just feed it some all as you did after using the mineral spirits. In likelihood the sandpaper was lubed with mineral spirits when they radius-ed the board in the first place. Woodworkers use mineral spirits and naphtha on bare wood all the time, takes some of the oil out of the wood, so your feeding the board fresh oil shows you have the right savvy.
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

As long as you followed the spirits up with oil you should be ok. If you dont you will dry the fret board out over time.
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

For those that use linseed oil, make sure you use RAW and not TOASTED.
Unless you want a sticky lacquer on your fingerboard that is.
Seen that one before.
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

Naptha is the way to go as a cleaner for a dirty guitar. its good for that first cleaning stage.

If it's finished maple...cool.

If its a rosewood board and it's really dirty, scrub it 0000 steel wool, then condition it with some lemon oil.

But I would avoid Mineral Spirits.

This information is also available in Dan Erlewines book which is a good read for players.
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Re: Naptha vs Mineral Spirits

I use gun oil on my fretboard, works pretty well, looks great, and smells like my AK
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