Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page

 

Q) ARE THE CHEMICALS USED IN THE PRODUCT SAFE?
A) Yes absolutely, TefloWax contains liquid paraffin which is the main component in a lot of cosmetic grade products including, for example, Johnsons Baby Oil, liquid paraffin is also edible and can used as a laxative, donít drink it! PTFE is a lubricant sometimes known as Teflon, a DuPont brand name; the PTFE used in this product is classed as food safe. I developed this product initially for my own use so I took great care to make sure it is safe for both user and instrument. The product blend is sourced in the UK and is unique to Chromefrets; I worked with a UK based Industrial Chemist to perfect the formula.

Q) WILL THE PRODUCT WEAR THE FRETS DOWN?
A) No, quite the opposite, fret wear is caused by corroded strings which have dirt trapped underneath, this combination acts like micro sandpaper, remove the dirt and corrosion and reduce the damage caused by friction, apart from being a lot nicer to play, the frets and strings are protected against further wear.

Q) CAN THE LEATHER PAD BE USED AGAIN AFTER THE INITIAL APPLICATION?
A) Yes, the leather face of the pad contains a dry surface coating that has been absorbed within the leather; you can re-use the leather pad providing you do not wash it after use. The blue cloth can be laundered and then re-used.

Q) WOULD YOU RECOMMEND I REHYDRATE THE FRETBOARD?
A) Yes, but only on rosewood or dark wood type fingerboards. Maple boards tend to be sealed to stop them becoming dirty; hence they have a lacquer coating. All wood contains natural oil, wood under extreme pressure will produce oil sometimes for commercial applications, turpentine, and palm oil, etc. Therefore cut wood will eventually start drying out losing its natural oil. The addition of salt water (sweat) to the bare wood, which comes from playing the instrument, does not help the overall condition. Thin oils are better than thick waxes which tend to act as a sticky layer, thick waxes (furniture wax pastes) are not readily absorbed into the wood tissue and tend to accumulate behind the frets, building up into a layer of dirt. TefloWax is a thin wax which quickly penetrates the wood giving a sheen and softer feel to the touch, it closely replicates the natural oils that exist in the rosewood/ebony species.

Q) SHOULD I USE CHROME FRETS AFTER I HAVE JUST FITTED NEW STRINGS?
A) Yes, although you have taken the strings out of the packet, they could have left the factory months ago and will already have been subject to atmospheric conditions. I have fitted new strings to my guitar and then applied Chromefrets, the process improves the feel of brand new strings and as soon as you have micro coated the new strings, you greatly reduce further tone loss and breakage. The application of a TefloWax micro coat on strings is designed to give a silky feel rather than an oily slippery surface, we used a dry formula as part of the product mix which is a bit like graphite powder used as a lubricant, it is dry to the touch but acts like millions of micro scopic ball bearings. TefloWax has sufficient liquidity to penetrate in between the string windings and PTFE is the lubricant containing the millions of microscopic ball bearings.

Q) WHICH INSTRUMENTS CAN IT BE USED ON?
A) Guitars, electric, classical, acoustic, bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, all of the fretted and stringed variety.

Q) HOW LONG WILL THE SPRAY LAST?
A) It depends how often you use it. Each flask has roughly 120 single sprays.

Q) WHO DEVELOPED CHROME FRETS?
A) Chromefrets has been uniquely developed by an experienced guitarist for the player community.

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