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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Maintaining satin finishes

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Redondo Beach, CA

Feelin' "Beachie!"
Sep 3rd, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought a used G & L LB-100 bass and the body is swamp ash with a satin finish. With all kinds of products out there for cleaning and polishing various finishes, I really don’t know where to start. Just want to have a nice low luster maintained finish.

Any advice?

Mick Reid
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Sep 3rd, 2018 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I presume those have a poly finish.

I'd just use a dry microfibre cloth for general cleaning and for more comprehensive (gunk removal) a clean cotton cloth dampened with metho (denatured alcohol in part of the world) then followed by the microfibre to remove any streaks.

I've always thought using a guitar polish (that's suppose to make it shiny) was counter-intuitive on a satin finish.

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Redondo Beach, CA

Feelin' "Beachie!"
Sep 3rd, 2018 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Mick.

I humbly apologize for overlooking the correct spelling of your first name.

(This message was last edited by Tall-Fir at 11:09 AM, Sep 9th, 2018)

Te 52

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Sep 3rd, 2018 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use Cory Satin Sheen Piano Cleaner/Conditioner. It's very popular with piano owners who have a Steinway or other instrument with a hand-rubbed low-gloss ebony finish, but it works equally well on other instruments.

Available on amazon, ebay, etc. No commercial association.

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Ocala, Florida

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Sep 3rd, 2018 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Te, how do you think that product would work on an acoustic? My Martin D17M has a gloss top but satin back and sides.


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Sep 4th, 2018 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really think there isn’t any way to maintain a satin finish on any guitar that you rub or that rubs against you while playing it so my advise is to play it and let it earn those polished sections. I’ve worn bare spots through the gloss finish of my Fender, Musicman, and Lakland basses over the years I’ve owned/played them and there is really nothing you can do (short of don’t play them) that will prevent the finish from changing.

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Redondo Beach, CA

Feelin' "Beachie!"
Sep 9th, 2018 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Te 52–I decided to try out your recommendation and ordered some up yesterday. Thanks for the advice.

I do have several microfiber cloths that I will be using also.

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