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What do you use to clean bending iron?

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Today I braved it and bent my first side. I have clamped it to my jig and now will let it thoroughly dry overnight before I bend the second side. It was a lot easier than I thought which is a releif.

Now a question ... what is the best way to clean the staining off the bending iron? I bent Indian RW on it.



Apr 05, 10 | 11:18 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Sand it. I use 80 grit shop roll.


Apr 05, 10 | 2:02 pm
Running Dog

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Next time and every time after, wrap a piece of foil around the iron. I've tried to clean mine with naphtha, acetone, etc. but the aluminum is so porous, it never cleans completely. Then when you bend light-colored woods, it bleeds. Foil(ed) again.

Apr 06, 10 | 2:24 pm

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Thanks guys ... and thanks for the tip Running Dog.

I have looked for naphtha to clean the guitar before finishing but I cant seem to find anything in the UK. Is there another name or an alternative I could use?

Apr 06, 10 | 3:17 pm

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Naptha is commonly sold as lighter fluid for those old timers like me that used to fill a cigarette lighters with fluid. I have also used "white gas" (sold as Coleman fuel for camp stoves) to clean residue - as with any solvent try it on scrap or an unseen location first.

I would leary of any solvent on the guitar as you finish. I have wiped the bare wood with denatured alchohol before starting the finish, but once I've got something on the wood I either vacuum, use a tack rag or sometimes a cloth dampened with water after sanding.

Apr 07, 10 | 9:15 am

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FWIW...finger prints and the oil residue they produce can create havoc when applying finishes.
I've used Naphtha for years prior to nitro and other finishes and have never experienced a problem.
Many wood suppliers use it to show color and tone when "Wet" emulate how a clear finish will look. :)

Apr 07, 10 | 9:35 am

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I have removed many difficult stains including grease and oil residue with Simple Green (not on wood) where other cleaners have failed.
I haven't tried it on aluminum but it is worth a try.
Good luck and congrats Paul on the bend.


Apr 11, 10 | 11:52 am

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