Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by freestroke » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:26 pm

Sobers wrote:...Newspapers (to polish them).
Newspapers or cotton clothes also work.
I'm surprised that cotton works, but newspaper seems like a reasonable idea. Might have to give it a go for a final pass. (I know newspaper has sand particles in it that will scratch a windshield...)
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by Hans W » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:04 pm

freestroke wrote: (I know newspaper has sand particles in it that will scratch a windshield...)
Hmmm, I've always heard the best way to clean windows was to use newspaper and it works...streak and scratch free :lol:

I use 2000 grit sandpaper over and over again wetting it some spit. It does become finer over time.

And I just tried a final finish with newspaper.. seems to help.

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by freestroke » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:13 pm

Hans W wrote:
freestroke wrote: (I know newspaper has sand particles in it that will scratch a windshield...)
Hmmm, I've always heard the best way to clean windows was to use newspaper and it works...streak and scratch free :lol:
Yep, I looked around a bit. Newspaper looks safe enough! :okok: Looks like I'm the victim of an urban legend. :oops:
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by Hans W » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:58 pm

freestroke wrote: Looks like I'm the victim of an urban legend.
Or an ancient Greek myth :lol: :lol:

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by Marc Pilon » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:10 am

I have a different approach to using sandpaper: for many years, I have used a very fine whetstone, the kind used for sharpening fine knives.

It gives the nails a very smooth finish, however, probably not as fine as 12000 grit sandpaper, I would imagine. Just the same, the resulting sound is very nice.

An added benefit is that this solution lasts forever. Just rinse the whetstone under water to unclog the pores once in a while.

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Post by canada » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:57 pm

Hi, thanks everyone for their recommendations! I just to follow up.. I went to Canadian tire's automotive section and bought a few 3-M 1000 grit sandpaper.. about a $1 for a 9/11 sheet (thanks Aurore). I've been happy with the results and the tone I'm getting, especially if I file a little bit each day.

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Post by freestroke » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:14 pm

Marc Pilon wrote:I have a different approach to using sandpaper: for many years, I have used a very fine whetstone, the kind used for sharpening fine knives.
I've used a flat, tool steel, knife-sharpening bar that I use for my Sabatier chef's knife (40+ years old, now!), though not in a while. Almost forgotten about it, thanks for the reminder! Puts about as smooth a finish on your nails as is possible, I would think. :okok:

Sometimes I suspect there's a law of diminishing returns here. I mean, polish-polish-polish, start playing, a few notes on the wound strings with your fingers and you've probably dropped a few hundred grit right there. Some dents on a couple forte passages or tremolo section, maybe a quick rasgueado, and we're down to maybe 600 grit, aren't we? :shock: Maybe I'm just being paranoid. :?
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by flintsghost » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:43 am

I use a 100/180 cleanable nail file. Normally the 180 does about everything but for shortening the thumbnail then I occasionally have to resort to the 100. Works for me.

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by mezzo_piano » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:43 am

Sobers wrote:
Just use a Nail File (to file them) and some Newspapers (to polish them).
Newspapers or cotton clothes also work.
does newspapers really work?

i usually use Nail File (one with sapphire dust) and 600 grade sandpapers.. tho' I'd like to try a higher grade like 1000 or 1200.
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by Sobers » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:54 am

mezzo_piano wrote:
Sobers wrote::

Just use a Nail File (to file them) and some Newspapers (to polish them).
Newspapers or cotton clothes also work."

does newspapers really work?


Absolutely. Just try it.
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by MikeToot » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:40 pm

mezzo_piano wrote:does newspapers really work? i usually use Nail File (one with sapphire dust) and 600 grade sandpapers.. tho' I'd like to try a higher grade like 1000 or 1200.
For what it's worth, people who use straight razors often give the blade a final smoothing using newspaper. Those guys are fanatical about straight, smooth, clean edges on their razors, so I can imagine the newspaper would be as effective on softer material such as fingernails.

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by mezzo_piano » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:01 am

I tried yesterday from 600 to 1500 grade sandpaper and the improvement in the sound is noticeable.... :D
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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by quangdung56 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:49 pm

canada wrote:Can anyone recommend the most common/useful grades of guitar nail sandpaper to purchase? I rather not cut my nails anymore and only do the daily polishing/filing with the fine sandpaper.

Thanks!
Hi ,there
Any chemist always sales these product or you may can buy from beauty shop.

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Re: Guitar nail sandpaper - Recommendations?

Post by oski79 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Interesting thread... I really had no idea players go beyond 500 grit paper. That's all Rosewood Guitar sells. I do use one of those buffers you can get for $2 in the drugstore to finish mine off after filing then sanding.
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