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Do you finish up your finish with a wax?
Kevin Sjostrand

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Just wondering if any of you have put some kind of wax on as the last step in the finishing process. I have not. I do put Dr. Ducks on my first guitar, and it cleans it nicely and shines it up, but it is not really a wax.
I see that Taylor puts something on theirs, but I don't know what it is.


Jul 10, 10 | 7:06 pm

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FWIW, I've posted this here before with -0- response, but I will tell you, this isn't BS.
My Son has been a professional musician for over 20 years and is currently playing an average of 25 hours a week, plus 8-10 hours of studio work.
He sweats a lot when playing, and has a very high acid content in his system. The result of the combo is horrible. A set of strings a day, neck finishes seldom last more than 6 months. Even necks were being replaced at the rate of one a year depending on the environment.
Refinishing one of those necks was almost impossible. I searched for a long time for an answer, because we'd just get a neck broken in, and have to change it. I just kept on ready all the time.
Tru-Oil was the finish of choice after a while, but we still had the protection problem in some of the worst conditions around. East Texas humidity, and Honky Tonks, in the beer, blood and the mud so to speak. :)
He doesn't drink but you can't believe what happens to a guitar in those places...
Anyway, I stumbled on to the quite by accident, in fact I was looking to protect a 100 year old painting my Daughter has and was told by a curator this was the answer to my problem.
During out conversation, he expanded the uses of this stuff and the rest is history as they say.
His current one piece maple neck is almost 2 years old with no problems what so ever, either with the finish, OR the neck, OR the frets...(Except they still wear out HAHAHA) but his strings last full week now instead of one set...

I'll let you read about it yourself, it has a reputation unequaled in my opinion, and no, I don't own a dimes worth of this product, it's owned by the British I'm told...
Anyway here ya go...if it's OK for the face of the Mona Lisa, it's good enough for me..a little goes a LONG was, so don't let the price spook ya, he just ran out of the original 7 oz. container.
Oh yeah, if you haven't guessed, it contains NO silicone nor is it a wax as we know's just amazing protect-ant that resists everything including alcohol and yet easily removes for restoration..
I hope this helps, if I were going to protect something like the gorgeous guitar in India this would be my choice for sure.

Jul 11, 10 | 12:29 am

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Recently I turned to this British renaissance wax and it is great.

But before that I gave Gibson's pump polish a try and that work very nice as well.

Both do cover up tiny wipes and scratches very good.

Jul 11, 10 | 3:14 am
Ken C

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I use the pump polishes. I think what I have now is from Fender. If you want to wax, I would wait a few months for the finish to cure good and hard first.


Jul 12, 10 | 5:17 am
Ken Cierp

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Ditto "Renwax"

Ken Cierp

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Jul 12, 10 | 6:43 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Very interesting. Renaissance was has been around in the knife making circles for many years, said to be good for the blade, as well as the wood. I never have tried it. I may now...on my guitar.
I have tried Novus Plastic Polish. Don't do it! It looks great going on, but leaves a splotchy film that seems to etch the lacquer. I will not put it on a finish again.
How about Carnuba car wax?


Jul 12, 10 | 7:01 pm

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IMHO the downside of carnauba waxes, is the wide variety of standards. It has to be mixed with oils to make it usable and this most often leads to a cocktail of chemicals I wouldn't want on my guitar. Mainly a lots of different types of acids. The stuff available to the general public is full of additives.

Most of the stuff labeled as 100% carnuba contains only about 30% of the natural product from the leaves of the carnuba tree. If you could get the stuff in Jay Leno's garage, maybe...but it would be VERY hard to use because it's hard and brittle, thus the additives.

Just my 2 pennies. :)

If you read the uses by the top museums in the world, you'll see it IS used on metal, including some of the rarest firearms known, among many other things. It's also used on paper to stop the aging process...pretty amazing stuff me thinks :)

Jul 13, 10 | 3:03 am

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