Guitar Neck Finishing

Minwax paste wax

I've tried many methods of guitar neck finishing, including polyurethane, lacquer, and paste wax. I buy quite a few mighty mite necks and they all come with a very dull finish. I think they use a light oil sealer. So in order to get some shine on the neck, and to protect it from warping, some additional finishing is necessary.

Polyurethane and lacquer are great products, especially lacquer. The downside is that they both require a tremendous amount of time, sanding between coats, waiting for proper drying time, polishing, etc. The end result can be worth it, but it's a lot of work.

I purchased a small can of Minwax paste wax, to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Paste wax goes on with a rag, or piece of cheese cloth. It takes 15 minutes to dry, and can be polished to a nice sheen. I do two coats, and then buff with an electric buffer. The result is a nice satin finish that feels good on the hands and fingers.

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