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Section - 5.8 How do I care for my Ric's finish?

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   "The factory cloth is the best for the finish but at some point, everyone
    will need something a little more aggressive. Pure Carnuba wax is the
    preferred polishing agent but some liquid auto polish, like Turtle Wax,
    diluted a bit with water can be used on a particularly dirty or scratched
    instrument. The cloth used should be very soft and should also be dampened
    a bit.

    You know you're doing it right when as you wipe you see little beads of
    moisture and it wipes clean just as the surface dries up. If the polish
    gets sticky, leaves a film, or turns powdery, then it's not quite dilute
    enough or the cloth is too dry. But done right, the surface will be smooth
    as a mirror, with no haze or swirls.

    Whatever you do, try to avoid waxes with silicone. Silicone is used to
    disperse the wax evenly in a compound or on a cloth and doesn't harm the
    finish per se . . . but it goes right through the paint into the wood and
    makes it just about impossible to even refinish it."

   [John Hall, ceo@rickenbacker.com, 12/31/1997]

   "The wax I use all the time is Meguiar's liquid Carnauba. It goes on 
    and comes off easily, is not really abrasive, but will remove small 
    swirls, arm marks and imperfections, and leaves no residue. I use the 
    wax, then go over with Martin Guitar Polish and an old terry washcloth.

    Nobody polishes their guitars more frequently than me, and I have used
    this method for years."

   [Bob Belloff, BobKat2@worldnet.att.net, 12/31/1997]

   See the Rickenbacker Owner's Manual section on Guitar Care and Finish
   Maintenance, 
             http://www.rickenbacker.com/us/finish.htm

   [Gerard Lanois, gerardlanois@netscape.net, 2/4/1999]

   "Car polishes with silicone may cause some problems for your
    guitar's finish, and make it really difficult to refinish! 
    The polishes mentioned, Meguiar's (#7 & #9) and Novus #2, 
    contain no silicone and both do a great job."

   [Bruce Hames, 9/13/1999, luthier43@aol.com]

   "You can the find nearest dealer/distributor or purchase from Novus 
    Inc. at 800-548-6872.  Novus #2 is about $6.95 an 8 oz bottle --
    enough for a very very long time as it is used sparingly.  Maybe 
    100 guitars worth."

   [Encapsulight, 9/13/1999, NoSPAM@Please.com]

   

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