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 Post subject: StewMac Fret Erasers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:22 am 
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StewMac sells sets of what they call fret erasers. Over priced as usual .Another tool you could easily live without. I bought a set of these early on, but found them hard to use. Too small for my hands. A while back I decided to try them again. I came up with the idea of adding a handle to make them easier to hold. I just stuck some rounded over wood handles on with really sticky double stick carpet tape. It never comes loose. Now I use them on every fret job. I really like them now. They are not very aggressive, so you can't take any deep scratches out of frets, but they put a nice finishing touch on a fret job. After leveling the frets, I do the typical rounding fret file and sandpaper techniques up to about 1200-1500 grit. I used to go much higher, but the erasers seem to do a good job at 1200. At that point I switch to the 200 grit eraser and go up through the grits. It goes very fast. When the frets start to shine, you can really see any file marks you missed. That maybe the most useful attribute of the eraser. They point out your failings!


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 Post subject: Re: StewMac Fret Erasers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:57 am 
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I have these fret erasers and I like them. You're right; they can be hard to hold. Thanks for the tip.


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 Post subject: Re: StewMac Fret Erasers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:02 pm 
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look at machinist supply houses for soft abrasives
same thin much cheaper
https://www.esslinger.com/garryflex-abr ... gJNX_D_BwE

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 Post subject: Re: StewMac Fret Erasers
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:49 pm 
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Thanks so much, John. Just what I needed.

Brent


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