What polish/wax do y’all use?

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What polish/wax do y’all use?

Post: # 1657Post marc51
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:40 am

I’m looking for very good polish/wax; what have y’all found to be the best?

Thank you,

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Post: # 1658Post Hokiebob
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:32 pm

For the most part I follow the suggestion of the Collings factory and just use a CLEAN, soft microfiber cloth dampened with distilled water. Your tap water can contain minerals that may remain after the water has evaporated. Many bottled waters contains minerals as well. Distilled water is available at your grocery store for near nothing.

Once a year or so I follow up with Virtuoso Cleaner and Virtuoso Polish. http://virtuosopolish.com/ These products are widely available in better music stores or on line. Following their instructions I use a teenie, tiny amount and use a CLEAN, soft microfiber cloth to remove as much of the cleaner or polish as possible when done.

I capitalized CLEAN twice because it is very important to use only cloths that are free from dust or other residue. A dirty cloth can act like sand paper leaving microscratches that may not be visible but that will dull the finish.

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Post: # 1659Post elambo
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:43 pm

Virtuoso here as well.

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Post: # 1660Post JohnB
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:35 pm

Once a year or so I use a bit of Music Nomad's The Guitar One: otherwise an occasional wipe with a clean cotton t-shirt barely damp with distilled water.

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Post: # 1669Post 007
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:40 am

A couple years ago, I stopped using polish altogether.
This came after a chat w/ the folks at Collings and hearing that Bill Collings got irritated by polishes getting into his finishes. I’ve got a varnish Om3 & a satin OMJL, neither finish requires anything other than a damp microfiber cloth.

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Post: # 1676Post 6l6
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:47 pm

Clean damp cloth followed by clean dry cloth.

I never use polishes of any kind.

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Post: # 1688Post dave42
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:05 pm

Damp cloth and dry.
When the cleaning gets a little tough, Novus 1.
When needed, Novus 2 followed by Novus 1.
I remember seeing these on a work bench in pics of the Collings factory. But I've been using these for a long time.


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Post: # 1691Post Silly Moustache
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:30 pm

Hi, many years ago, I went to an antique furniture exhibition (can't imagine why) and discovered that thos with very valuable pieces used a polish called "Regency Gold" and I bought some for our not antique furniture.
Later I decuded to try it on one of my guitars - my first Collings I think.

I've been using it ever since. It contains no cellulose or nasties, and I use it, after the wipe down with a damp cloth proces and very spairingly, wiping it off with a damp cloth shortly after.

It gives a deep lustrous shine, and smells good too.

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Post: # 1967Post DenverSteve
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:46 pm

Certainly no waxes but after an exuberant play or gig, I'll wipe down with Dunlop 65. A simple spray-and-wipe to make sure no "stickies" remain. You can do the same with water and soft rag.
Shalom, Steve
Collings D1 Custom, Martins, Huss&Dalton, Goodall, Kinnaird, Charis....

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Post: # 2028Post 6l6
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:12 pm

Dry cloth is usually enough, but if more is needed I only use a soft, damp cloth followed by a soft dry cloth.

Bill was right about polishes. Why clog up the pores of your guitar with polish?


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