Cleaning a Nitro Gibson finish

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  1. sixstring531

    sixstring531 Supporting Member

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    What kind of cloth should I use to clean my new deluxe? I have the Gibson guitar polish -- I just want to know the least harsh cloth as I don't want to scratch the beautiful finish.

    thoughts/ secrets to a clean looking guitar?
     
  2. gkoelling

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    Any flannel or micro fiber cloth should work.
     
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    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    I am not crazy about the Gibson Polish. It's OK but the Virtuoso stuff is excellent. I use an old soft cotton t-shirt that's been washed a bunch of time.
     
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    a ratty t-shirt that's been worn and washed a bunch...
     
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    +1.

    After all these years, my 1978 still gets a little sticky in hot humid weather. the virtuoso helps keep thta under control.
     
  6. waggclan

    waggclan Par 4 Holer Gold Supporting Member

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    Old washed/soft tee shirt for sure. I've ended up with swirl marks from using microfiber... :(
     
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    I have used microfiber on other guitars and experienced the swirling (especially on black guitars) so that's why I was asking for suggestions. i don't want a mark on this guitar.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  9. flaming_frets

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    I think it may depend on what type of microfibre you use, I have a couple of black guitars and one of them unfortunately has swirl marks after using a microfibre cloth (one used to clean lenses)
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    But I found that using a microfibre "buffing" cloth/towelling thats designed for cars (or you can buy buffing pads) it leaves the finish looking nice and glassy.
    Especially if used with a great polish - I tend to go for Car designed stuff again since the paint is pretty much the same.
    Make sure you use a resin based polish with no abrasives. Its the abrasives that make it go hazey.
    This is the cloth I use: My only guess to the difference is that the dust that is caught in the lense cloth drags across the laquer making swirl marks, whereas the buffing cloth might let the dust roll between the bobbles - hence why t-shirts work well
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    Hope this helps!! :AOK
     
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    I used to use the old Martin polish. They changed the formula somewhere along the line...

    As far as cloths- 100% cotton.
     
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    I get 100% cloth diapers in the auto section at Target. Wash them in hot water without any detergent. Put in dryer but don't use any dryer sheet or line dry. When dry cut size or use as is.
     
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    Microfiber works best for me. Car stuff for sure!

    Caution though... The thing about microfiber is that it picks up dust, dirt, polish and wax so well that it can pick up a piece of dirt or dust (trash) and then when you wipe off your guitar, the dirt can scratch the heck out of the paint. Make sure you check your microfiber for anything stuck in the cloth before wiping a finish!

    Flannel and 100% cotton are good too. Diapers are excellent as well.
     
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    Good enough for Baby.
    Good enough for my Baby's
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    + 1 for Virtuoso Cleaner and Polish w/ micro fibre or 100% cotton.
     
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    Ive had good results over many years with Meguirs paint cleaner followed by their fine polish and then carnuba wax. If youve got something like this around, automotive cleaners and waxes work well on nitro finishes.
     
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    Natural chamois--you can get it at any auto parts department or Costco. Cut it into appropriate size pieces.

    Won't scratch and has right amount of friction. I always wipe down a guitar with it after playing. I have guitars I've done hundreds of gigs with that look brand new.

    Danny W.
     
  17. MrMike

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    I use Virtuoso. I rarely even use the polish, because the cleaner does such a nice job. My wife is into quilting, so I have a steady supply of 100% cotton quilting flannel, which works beautifully.
     

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