got a 1000 grit sandpaper, should I sand my neck? I'm hesitating...

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  1. Jimmy25

    Jimmy25 Member

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    I got myself a TOA Made In Japan Waterproof abrasive 1000 grit sandpaper, it's on my hand right now, and I don't know should I sand down my sticky poly maple neck with it or not... I tried lemon oil with rag it didn't help much.. now I'm hesitating because I've never sand a neck and I don't know is it really going to make a huge difference or not in terms of smoothness, was wondering, is it possible to just do it extremely softly and still have the gloss but smoother and doesn't damage the finish? or no matter how soft I do it it's just going to ruin the finish..? and if I start sanding the neck with 1000 grit sandpaper, how do I know when to stop...
     
  2. guitardad

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    I've used very fine steel wool to knock the back of my necks down to a nice, silky-smooth finish. Haven't used sandpaper.
     
  3. dcooper830

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    Let me ask you a question....

    Do you wash your hands before you play and/or wipe down the back of your guitar neck with polish every so often?
     
  4. spence

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    I did it to my Historic LP. My hands stick to finished necks. I prefer to do what's needed so I can enjoy playing my guitars. You only live once you know? I usually sweat when I play (I'm not a stand there and do nothing lounge lizard) so the "washing your hands" theory goes right out the window.
     
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    there ya go.
     
  6. Crowbar

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    Do you mean the back of the neck or the fretboard?
    Lemon oil on poly? I think oil is only for open pore finishes like tung oil or for rosewood and ebony fretboards with no finish.
    I'v never had any 1000 grit paper, I assume its for autobdy work. Try it on a lawnmower or patio furniture and see what it does.
     
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    1000 is very fine, you should be OK, it will take a lot of sanding to take much finish off> proceed slowly> Do a bit then play it. If you had said you have 400, then I'd be more concerned.
     
  8. AcornHouse

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    I would wipe the neck down with naptha first to try to get rid of the lemon oil residue (which might be causing the stickiness.) As has been pointed out, oil over poly is not a good idea. The oil will just sit there since the wood is sealed with the poly (or other finish.)
    Then, if you still don't like the feel, wet sand with the 1000 grit. By wet sanding, you won't load the paper too much with either poly or left over oil, and it will cut slower, so you sneak up on your perfect feel.
     
  9. musicofanatic5

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    Any grit abrasive is like a 44 magnum in the wrong hands, if you don't have experience or know WTF you are doing. Nobody should be sanding a guitar anywhere unless you have the proper background in "guitar sanding". Unless of course, you do not mind risking f*cking up your guitar. Hey, it's your guitar...
     
  10. DaveG

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    Oh, the drama. You'd have to sand on the back of a neck for a long, long time to do any damage with 1000 grit. A couple of minutes of sanding & polish won't come close to getting through the clear, it'll just make the back of the neck nice & smooth.
     
  11. BWGuitars

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    This.

    Plus, assuming that only enough of the finish is sanded back to give a smooth, satin-y feel, it can be easily reversed and polished back to gloss if need be.
     
  12. CRBMoA

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    I have done it to every guitar I have owned for over 25 years.

    Just tape off the areas you do not want to accidentally sand, and sand for half as long as you think you should, and then dust the neck and check it for feel.

    I usually sand when I get a new guitar, gig with it, and then sand again if I needed it.

    Better to go in small increments--you cannot "unsand".

    And enjoy!
     

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