Ask The Builder

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  1. Hi,
    I have a Sweet Song all wood dulcimer that I built from a kit of yours. I am loving it! I hadn’t played in awhile and noticed the frets are light green. How do you suggest I clean those? Thanks so much!!

    • If you applied your finish material over the frets (as we do) then you may have to remove that to get to the metal surface. That might require something like steel wool. In either case, the green is corrosion. The best way to remove the corrosion is to rub it off with a very mild abrasive such as a rubber eraser or a cloth with polishing compound. To avoid scratching the wood surface, you can put strips of masking tape alongside the fret.

      The other option would be to ignore it as it doesn’t affect the voice or playability. It would just depend on your individual tastes and judgement as to whether that’s an acceptable choice.

      Jim Woods

    • If you applied your finish material over the frets (as we do) then you may have to remove that to get to the metal surface. That might require something like steel wool. In either case, the green is corrosion. The best way to remove the corrosion is to rub it off with a very mild abrasive such as a rubber eraser or a cloth with polishing compound. To avoid scratching the wood surface, you can put strips of masking tape alongside the fret.

      The other option would be to ignore it as it doesn’t affect the voice or playability. It would just depend on your individual tastes and judgement as to whether that’s an acceptable choice.

      Jim Woods

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