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Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by debk, Mar 26, 2020.
No love for the StewMac fret erasers?
No, those erasers are really not that great. I wouldn't say useless but they are absolutely not needed.
I really wanted to like them, I bought the entire series but they didn't deliver. And they make a mess.
A set of Micro-Mesh and finish with 3M flexible polishing papers (and rubbing compound if you want super shinny frets) does a way better job.
I think the fret erasers have their place but that's mostly for polishing out fine scratches from crowning. They don't do what steel wool does and they aren't as easy to use as Micromesh. Granted, I've used steel wool and MM for ages so it's far more natural to me and my workflow.
I really like Gorgomyte for certain applications, especially guitars that have previously been polished out with abrasives and just need some oxidation removed. What I don't like is a) the residue it leaves behind on the fingerboard (and your fingers when you play) unless you do a militant job of buffing and b) paying extra for Gorgomyte when it's just repackaged Miracle Cloth.
I have some but they don't give you the polished jewelry look/feel that you would want on frets you just polished up. They also sometimes leave residue that you may need to remove with a fingernail.
I started with the StewMac fret erasers, then the StewMac pads up through 12,000 grit.
Mirka Mirlon gold pads.
I really like Miracle Cloth for frets and general metals. It’s about 1/3 of the cost of Gorgomyte. Same stuff, afaik. Stew Mac is selling it now.