clean my fretboard, but cant find my lemon oil...use oliveoil ??

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  1. Wenander

    Wenander Well-Known Member

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    not a good idea right ??
     
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    No. Bad idea. It'll probably end up smelling funky.
     
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    No, it will turn rancid
     
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    Hell no, it turns rancid (rots)
     
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    FYI,

    So is Crisco
     
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    IOSEPHVS Well-Known Member

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    It depends on your fretboard's material. Mine is made of carbon fiber. I use warm distilled water with just a drop of the lowest strength Dawn dishwashing liquid, cotton balls, and a bamboo diddle stick to get in next to the frets. Then, there is the rinse, also with warm distilled water and cotton balls. Finally, I dry it with cotton balls.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    lemon oil is the conditioner. clean with naptha. condition with lemon oil.
     
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    For various woods I would just use pump polish.

    Naptha and lemon oil? Surely, you jest.
     
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    I took a peice of cloth very lightly damped with tap water .... it got really dirty .... and it seems to look ok on the fretboard .... will be looking for issues...but i dont think anything will happen ........ it was very little water on the cloth !!
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    been using it for yrs
     
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    IOSEPHVS Well-Known Member

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    That's all you need for the most part, a damp polishing cloth. The best thing to do is to follow the manufacturer's care instructions.
     
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    Naptha?
    That's a wicked solvent.
    I'd be careful around the inlays.
    What the heck are you getting on your fretboard?
    Save the wings and ribs for after the gig.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    its a great fret board cleaner. unlike water, it it gets down under the frets it dries very fast and doesnt
    soak into the wood causing wood rot and loose frets. its not like you use the shit dripping wet lol.
     
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    Go buy another bottle of lemon oil or just leave it gunky till you do.
     
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    Iron1 Well-Known Member

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    Find someone who sells essential oils and buy some lemon. The Young Living stuff works great to clean and condition - can't speak to other brands as some cut the oil with crappy fillers...
     
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    Yes, Rancid.

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    and probably get sticky too.
     
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    Use Mineral oil
     
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    I have looked extensively into which products are good/safe to use on fretboards.

    AFAIK real lemon oil is a no no. It will dry out your fretboard and can also cause serious damage. The products labelled as 'lemon oil' that are sold for fretboard maintenance contain at most only a very small amount of actual lemon oil, if any.

    As others have mentioned, any kind of cooking oil is also a bad idea.

    Here is a very good article on this subject

    https://www.guitaranswerguy.com/12-lemon-oil-debate/

    Personally, there is only one product that I use regularly:

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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WPGZAG?linkCode=gs2&tag=gtransguyca-20

    Occasionally, if a fretboard is really dirty I may use:

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    https://www.amazon.com/Dunlop-6554-...ocphy=1002280&hvtargid=pla-406644543055&psc=1

    Seriously, spend the money on the right product to protect your investment. :agreed:
     
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    IOSEPHVS Well-Known Member

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    Also, lemon oil will dull the finish on maple fretboards. Although, I don't know why anyone would use any type of oil in that scenario.
     
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    naphta sounds like its a bit to hard/abrasive ??
     

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