Teflon Fret Dam

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Teflon Fret Dam

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Teflon Fret Dam

For cleaner refret jobs!
Pulling old frets can chip a fretboard: keep the slots clean and glue-free for repairs.

It's hard to avoid a few fingerboard chips when pulling out old frets. A piece of this .020" non-stick Teflon® in the fret slot will help keep your epoxy or super glue out of the slot as you replace or fill the chips. It pulls out easily after the glue is dry. You'll do a cleaner job, save work, and make refretting easier. The .020" x 6" x 6" (.508mm x 152.4mm x 152.4mm) sheet can be trimmed with scissors to the re-usable sizes you need.

A word from Grit Laskin, the King of Inlay:
"My inlay work frequently necessitates large cavities shockingly near to fret slots. In the past, I had no choice but to let epoxy spill over into the slot, requiring me to melt it out, afterward, with a heated saw tip. Then, along came my new best friend, StewMac's Fret Dam. This saves me so much work and completely eliminates the potential for accidental damage of the fret slots, the inlay or the fretboard binding. Now, I won't do a single inlay project without it!"

Teflon® is a registered trademark of DuPont.

Trade Secrets!

Cleaning up after sloppy fretwork: fixing chips in the fingerboard

Erick Coleman's got a neck to fix, including a broken peghead. One thing leads to another, and it turns out the toughest job is hiding the fretboard chips left by the last repairman to work on this guitar.

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So many uses - ideal for fingerboard prep!

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Whilst it obviously works well as a dam when glueing next to a fret slot, there are other great uses for this product . The main use I love these sheets of teflon for are for assisting in adding fall away to a fingerboard using the stewmac radius beam. Stack a couple of sheets of this under the end of the beam at the end nearest the nut and level away towards the end of the fingerboard .

The teflon makes it easy for the beam to slip and slide how you need it too and doesn't seem to wear away. We also do the same thing when leveling frets - fall away is key to a great fret-job


Great Idea, However!

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I love the idea, unfortunately the thickness of the material hinders it's use. I recently re-fretted a classic Maple fingerboard and the fret slot was thinner than the Teflon material. I tried everything I could to squeeze the material into the slot and it just wouldn't go.

I'm sure it works great with the newer larger fret tang slots but in the classics, it just didn't work out. If a thinner size would be available in the future, I've got the money in hand right now.


teflon fret dam

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Chinese made guitars and poor quality fret material along with "green" fret boards makes these items a necessary accessory to clean up the neck for a better than factory fret job.


Great product!

(Customer's Reviews)

This works great for repairing chips when refretting... it makes life so much easier!


Great for mixing epoxy

(Customer's Reviews)

I use these Teflon sheets to mix and deliver the mixed epoxy. I let it harden on the Teflon, bend the Teflon and what does not flake off is easily removed with a wood putty knife.

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