Travis Bean Guitars - Unofficial Guitar Resource - Header

» Home
» About
» Blog
» Donate
» Database
» Videos
» Market
» Classifieds
» History
» Photo Gallery
» Repair
» Join
» FaceBook

» Join
» Login

» General Discussion
» Beans For Sale
» Mods/Repairs
» Website Discussion
» Forum Rules

»  Arab On Radar
»  la otracina
»  Arma Secreta
»  Casa Distortion
»  Souvaris
»  View All Bands
Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
© 2001 - 2024

  Rattlesnake Cable Company - High Quality Instrument Cables - Made in Montana
Forum :: General Discussion

Due to abuse - forum is closed and in archive mode only

Cleaning the neck a pain.

  Return to forum index
 Author  Message

19 Nov 2010
Posts: 8
PostPosted: 11/23/2010 at 7:59 AM    Post subject: Cleaning the neck a pain. link

OMG. i spent 2 1/2 hours polishing this tb1000s last night. Does the tarnish ever go away? I used an advanced metal polishing kit by MAAS. I know this guitar was rode hard and put away wet about 20 years ago but jeese! The koa cleaned up nicely as well as the brass bridge, but the neck!!! I went though about 6 rags until they stopped turning black, played for about 30 minutes and my hand turned black. So I'd polish and scrub another 30 min. and the same thing happened. Is this normal or did I use a bad polish or what? The neck shines beautifully but once you wrap a hand around it, more black.

Back to top

View Member Profile

Disclosure: Any links to eBay or are affiliate links. Affiliate links may provide commission payments to the site based on purchases.


04 Feb 2004
Posts: 309
PostPosted: 11/23/2010 at 11:24 AM    Post subject: RE:Cleaning the neck a pain. link

I polished like crazy after I first got my Bean. My hand turned black for several weeks afterward, but it did eventually go away. I haven't polished it again since then and instead I try and wipe down the neck after I play it. That seems to work well. It doesn't shine as bright as it did right after the polish, but my hands are a lot cleaner. If you buff the neck with a clean cloth you may be able to reduce the duration of the black-hand issue. Best of luck and enjoy the Bean!

Back to top

View Member Profile


15 Jan 2010
Posts: 12
PostPosted: 11/24/2010 at 12:35 AM    Post subject: RE:Cleaning the neck a pain. link

I polished mine in the 70's and suffered the black hand. I never polished it again to this day, eventually it will build up a sort of patina to the surface and I just wipe it now and then with a dry cloth, no black hand. I heard in a Geology class that the surface of aluminum (in general) exposed to air slowly builds up a coating of harder aluminum much like the anodizing process. That coating being microscopic and so much harder is probably why the black oxidation goes away.

Back to top

View Member Profile


09 Jul 2007
Posts: 32
PostPosted: 11/24/2010 at 2:59 PM    Post subject: RE:Cleaning the neck a pain. link

the nev-r-dull works well to do a quick clean up (quickly & easily removes dried sweat, beer dirt etc). I use windex & a paper towel afterwards to remove all the residue and have never had an issue of black hands.

On one Bean I had that had completely lost its shine I had to do the following to restore it:
wet-sand the neck with (in order) #600, 1000, 2000, spending more time with each higher grit then hit it with a heavy cloth polishing wheel at 1500-2000 rpm using the appropriate metal compound. Next hit it with a lighter wheel using more of a swirl remover compound. Lastly, Kevin (EGC) recommend Mothers Billet polish. Apply & remove by hand with clean rags (old t-shirts work well) At this point it probably looks better than it did brand new. You either want to remove the neck for this or be very careful with the water & the polishing wheel.
I used this same technique on a bass amp I recently built, worked great.

hope this helps.

Back to top

View Member Profile

Chris Hall

01 Jun 2001
Posts: 132
PostPosted: 04/11/2011 at 12:55 PM    Post subject: RE:Cleaning the neck a pain. link

I bought that Nevr-dull stuff back when I got my Wedge bass. Hated the clean and shiny neck because my hand would stick to it. I leave mine with the "patina" on them now.

Back to top

View Member Profile

Save Up to $75 Instantly at
Due to abuse - forum is closed and in archive mode only

  Return to forum index