Hi JohnH, are you using wax to protect your shellac? That seems like a good idea. What kind of wax are you using? How much layer do you apply?JohnH* wrote:I had the same sort of apprehensions when I first got a french-polished guitar, and have been using pure, hard paste wax on the top. Not polish or cleaner... no abrasives... no silicones! I asked several times on this forum if that would be a good or bad thing to do, but never got a definitive answer. Finally, one of the Milburn brothers told me it would not harm anything. So now the top gets a nice "spit polish" whenever I change strings. It always looks nice and there is no sign of degradation after about 800-900 hours of playing.
av8t0r, I just found this on the Virtuoso web site:av8t0r wrote:I use Virtuoso polish on my French Polish classicals; it's the only thing I've found that works.
Thank you JohnH, I will look for Minwax. I saw 3M, they do have silicone indeed. How about turtlewax? the one I saw at the stores do not have any list of ingredients so I'm not sure about it. Have you guys tried this?JohnH* wrote:I've been using Minwax paste wax for about two and a half years. I use a very, very small amount at a time--much like applying shellac in a french polish. I wasn't familiar with the 3M product, so I looked into it. It contains a silicone product (3M A.S.P. (Acrylic SiliconePolymer) formulation) that you should probably avoid. You can remove wax easily, if you want to, but silicone is likely to be with you forever. Unless you can clean 100% of it off, it will make a FP touch-up impossible.
Virtuoso polish was recommended by my guitar tech. He said the cleaner was stronger than the polish, so I use the polish. I had some cloudiness and discoloration where my arm rested on the front. Other polish just added streaks to the mess, but Virtuoso cleaned it up. I only use it as needed for spots, I use light breath and a microfiber cloth to wipe it down after playing.JohnH* wrote:
av8t0r, I just found this on the Virtuoso web site:
"After numerous attempts and formula changes we arrived at the products now known as Virtuoso Premium Polish and Virtuoso Premium Cleaner. It is the only two part cleaning system designed specifically for nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. It also works wonders on polyurethane and UV cured finishes found on newer instruments."
I guess if you've been using it for a while it isn't going to harm your FP shellac, but I don't think I'll try it.