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Teflon Fret Dam

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

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Teflon Fret Dam
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0487 Teflon Fret Dam Yes
3 or more $4.24  

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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.

Cleaning up after sloppy fretwork: fixing chips in the fingerboard
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In this issue:
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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Teflon Fret Dam
Teflon Fret Dam
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5 3-17-2014
time saver on chips

These fret dams work well to keep your fret slots clean while being in a place that will leave you a good straight edge for replacing the fret after repairing the chipped edges on the side of fret slots that happen when pulling frets

guitarwoodrat  Cumberland Gap, Tn Read my reviews (18)
5 11-20-2013
great washers too

Found a new use for mine, I used a ball peen hammer and pinged out washers for my stew mac guitar vise, much smoother operation now, in my opinion anyway.

Kelly T  dededo,guam Read my reviews (13)
5 10-26-2013
dam your work

i use for clamping so that glues wont stick on my clamps.

jiROck Custom  Philippines Read my reviews (58)
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5 7-20-2013
Handy stuff to keep in the shop

Perfect to keep fret slots free from glue when repairing chips and tearout when doing refret jobs. Also good for mixing epoxy on, I have not found a glue that will stick to it. Flex it and the glue pops right off!

Billy M  Baker, LA Read my reviews (10)
5 4-20-2013
Very nice

A very useful material

Kennebec Instrument & Amplifier  Augusta, ME Read my reviews (9)
5 3-27-2013
Great product.

Very useful to have on hand!

Nick Slusarczyk  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Read my reviews (3)
5 3-20-2013
Time saver

I used this material to fill the fret slots around an elaborate pearl inlay while gluing. It saved a lot of time when it came to reslotting

Fleer  Imperial, Mo. Read my reviews (29)
4 1-27-2013
must have for the tool box

works great for filling in too wide fret slots and fixing nicks. must have in your toolbox

Frank91  Wisconsin U.S.A. Read my reviews (6)
5 10-27-2012
life saver

Can not imagine how the old guys did the job without this stuff

robertmaster  Hungary, EU Read my reviews (7)
5 9-18-2012
Great idea

One of those great, simple ideas, that would be difficult to source for the individual. Thanks StewMac, for making this available!

Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier Technician  Melbourne, Australia Read my reviews (54)
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