After the last time we cleaned the fretboard and frets, "Keep Your Guitar Clean"., this time it's time to clean the body! These two items from Lizard Spit, which we introduced last time, are used for body cleaning!
VIP (Vintage Instrument Polish)
This high-purity real carnabis wax can remove sweat, dirt, tobacco tar, and old wax that has been adhering to surfaces for years and causing problems.
We'll start by applying this VIP to polish the body. Here's the body before we start polishing it!
It's not shiny at all. The surface of the paint is dulled by using it for a long time and normal polish can no longer revive it. When I polished up the body with VIP, I could see the stains on the body disappearing very quickly. The dirt is also on the cloth which was wiped off.
It's hard to make a general statement depending on the paint type and condition of the guitar. If you use polish, you can use it to paint the elbow part of the guitar where the elbow hits the guitar. The film can come off. However, on the VIP and this guitar, there was no damage to the paint even after careful polishing. This level of polish is not so easy to use, and I was very impressed when I started using it. I felt like I could wipe it off even up to the point. No matter how good it is, be careful not to overpolish it. And here's the VIP polished body.
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You can see the dullness on the surface is gone and the luster has returned! It's hard to show you all the awesomeness of this sheen in the photos, but I was able to clean it up to a finish that would be satisfying enough for the VIP alone. But this isn't the end of the story. Here's what we're going to use next!
This is Guitar Polish, also by Lizard Spit. I've never paid much attention to the ingredients of the polish, but this Guitar Polish is water-based and contains carnabas, so it doesn't damage the paint and can be used on any guitar. I've never been aware of this product before, but this Guitar Polish is water-based and contains carnaba, so it can be used on any type of guitar with little damage to the paint.
It's so much shinier than any amount of polishing could ever achieve! I've got some great photos to show you!
The bass string side is polished with VIP and Guitar Polish and the treble string side is unpolished. You can see the shine on the polished side is back! The left and right images are enlarged to make them easier to understand.
You don't need any special knowledge to polish your guitar, just check the condition of the paint and polish your guitar. It's back to beautiful! I hope you'll try it and experience the excitement! And while I often see this type of polish recommended for lacquered guitars, not much has been said about its effect on poly painted guitars, so I tried it out to see how well it would work for me. I've been using it for many years on a 40 year old poly painted neck, and when I played it, I felt a bit of roughness on the back of the neck I could feel the stickiness. But when I polished it using the same procedure as above, the neck looked as shiny as new!
Lizard Spit's polishes will make your guitar's paint job as good as new, no matter what the paint job is. It's very good at protecting close-in paint, and it's definitely a good idea to have a bottle of It's definitely convenient. We hope you will clean up your instruments and enjoy a more comfortable music life.