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Cleaning & Polishing Banjo

Steve Latimer 02 Mar 02 - 10:45 AM
GUEST,Les B. 02 Mar 02 - 11:57 AM
Steve Latimer 02 Mar 02 - 12:51 PM
Uncle_DaveO 02 Mar 02 - 02:09 PM
Steve Latimer 02 Mar 02 - 02:50 PM
mack/misophist 03 Mar 02 - 09:49 AM
Steve Latimer 03 Mar 02 - 12:56 PM
Uncle_DaveO 03 Mar 02 - 05:23 PM
Steve Latimer 03 Mar 02 - 09:24 PM
GUEST,mark 23 Dec 12 - 09:38 AM
John MacKenzie 23 Dec 12 - 01:33 PM
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Subject: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 10:45 AM

For those of you who helped me in the Five String set-up thread, thanks.

I over tighetened the head, so the good news is now I have it apart and can get at all those places that are hard to get at when she's in one piece.

The banjo is an Aria Pro which is a Mastertone copy. It has a very intricate inlay on the fretboard. A pro banjo player that I know uses lemon oil on the neck, resonator and Fretboard. Any thoughts on this, I want to enhance the fretboard, but I sure don't want to damage the inlay.

As far as the Chrome parts go, would SOS Pads do the trick or is there a metal polish that might work better?

Thanks again pickers.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 11:57 AM

Try jewelry polish on the metal parts. Definitely don't use shoe polish on anything :)!


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 12:51 PM

Thanks Les.

I got some silver polish and some Dunlop Guitar cleaner.

I'm goin' in.


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 02:09 PM

1. NEVER put ANY kind of oil on your banjo! And if you insist on ignoring that, I point out that a number of cleaners, etc. that say "lemon oil" have mostly other stuff, and very little lemon oil.

2. If you MUST scrub, use nothing coarser than 000 steel wool. Certainly not SOS pads!

3. For the metal parts, I recommend Flitz. non-abrasive.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 02:50 PM

Dave,

Thanks for that. I decided against the SOS Pads. I am using Silvo, which claims to be a silver polish but can be used on Chrome. It also claims to be non abrasive.

I didn't get the Lemon Oil, but decided on the Guitar Cleaner as it is fomulated for instruments. It's Dunlop. I've used some of their other products in the past, most notably their picks, so I trust the name. The music store had another, less expensive brand. It was probably the same stuff, but I spent the extra buck for the Dunlop name.

Thanks guys.


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: mack/misophist
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 09:49 AM

Simichrome metal polish, without question. It's non-abrasive and actually works. It was developed for Mercedes-Benz to polish chrome so auto stores ought to have it.


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 12:56 PM

The Silvo did a great job. The chrome is absolutely sparkling.

The Guitar Polish cleaned up the fretboard nicely. I was a little disappointed in the job it did on the neck and Resonator. Would it be safe to use a furniture polish on those components?


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 05:23 PM

Generally furniture polish has wax in it, and you don't want any kind of wax on an instrument. Nor any kind of oil.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 09:24 PM

Thanks Dave, I'll stick to the Guitar polish.


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: GUEST,mark
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 09:38 AM

well,i was just on a deering website and they actually did recommend using furniture wax on the resonator and back of the neck but they did say to only do it twice a year.


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Subject: RE: Cleaning & Polishing Banjo
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 01:33 PM

Strap it to the roof rack of your car. Then drive through a carwash! ;)






I'll get me Santa costume !


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