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I think most players don't bother with anything and my friend who ran the old guitar shop locally always maintained that a lot of these specialist polishes were not any better than pledge! Personally I just use whatever is cheapest and keep my basses looking pretty good. I'm sure someone will be able to dazzle with science about how this is very naïve of me but I'm sure any long term damage to a bass from cheap polish really isn't going to do any damage in my lifetime. A decent guitar polishing cloth off of EBay and a cheap polish does me fine. I think I have some Gibson polish at the moment, purely because it was on offer.

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I remember reading somewhere to avoid anything with silicone in it. I have a small bottle ‘guitar polish’ that came with some Fender case candy over 10 years ago. I still have it somewhere, lasts for ages.

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My understanding is that a polish containing silica or abrasive substances should be avoided. Here is an advert for one I have not yet tried:

https://gilboys.co.uk/blogs/waxing-lyrical/the-best-polish-for-musical-instrument-care

At the moment I'm using this product for my polyurethane finished guitars. Seems OK.

https://en.audiofanzine.com/misc-guitar-accessory/dunlop/formula-no-65-guitar-polish-cleaner/user_reviews/

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23 hours ago, ezbass said:

I remember reading somewhere to avoid anything with silicone in it. I have a small bottle ‘guitar polish’ that came with some Fender case candy over 10 years ago. I still have it somewhere, lasts for ages.

Correct. Most domestic polishes will have silicones of some sort in them. Even in very small quantities, these are very difficult to remove if you ever want/need to do paint touch ups or a re-coat. They're just a real pain, causing the new paint to have "fish-eyes" in it and ruining the surface. Most professional auto polishes are silicone-free and most guitar-specific polishes are just re-branded auto polishes in dedicated (small size and very expensive) packaging. Meguiers auto polishes are used by Fender, for example.

Just stay clear of using Armor-All on or near any auto or guitar paintwork/lacquer. It has a high silicone content as do most auto interior dashboard sprays.

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And I love these for keeping my frets shiny and smooth! They really are a treat. It's a lot of work, but I've had great results and it really improves playability if your frets were dull.

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I just use the same wax as I use on my cars.  Currently G3 Super Paste wax.  

I have also used the likes of Pledge and various car ‘quick detailers’.  However,  these contain silicon, so after reading this thread I think I will be claying my basses and cleaning them with a diluted water-based all-purpose cleaner, before re-applying the wax.

Gives me something to do in lockdown............

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On 16/02/2021 at 09:23, Frank Blank said:

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Best I’ve ever used by a country mile. It’s usually a tenner but currently £7.75 on Amazon.

 

On 16/02/2021 at 09:30, Reggaebass said:

It’s this one 🙂

 

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Miserable sod alert! 

Most specialist guitar polishes are a way of squeezing a teeny bit of standard polish used in the automotive or furniture trades into little containers and charging double the price. Still it gives advertising people an outlet to save them getting constipated with their shite. 

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Dunlop polish warning: my 74 Gibson SG had a nasty reaction to this. The finish went cloudy and rather sticky. Took a lot of work using a variety of other stuff to sort it. Luckily I had stopped applying it before  I covered the whole thing. The final thing that got the gloss on the affected area was.... toothpaste!. Minty fresh aroma too!

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I bought a can of Warwick wood polish when I bought my Dolphin and was surprised to read on the can that wood polishes contribute to Climate change.

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I saw a video by Taylor showing they just use Turtle Wax on all their guitars. From the cheapest Mexico made to the bespoke £8k and up!

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