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What’s The Best Guitar Polish In 2018? – Buyers Guide And Reviews

Do you want to polish your guitar but you're wondering which products to use?

Then this article is for YOU.

In this article we don't cover how and what to use to clean your fretboard. Check out our article 'What's the best way to clean a guitar fretboard (without messing it up)' for an in-depth guide to doing that.

Note: The links above take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon. If you do purchase something we get a small commission, which has absolutely no effect on the eventual price that you pay.

5 Best Guitar Polish Products

Ok let's look at each product in more detail. To make things easier for you, we've added pros and cons for each one, as well as a video demonstration so you can see them in action.

1. Lizard Spit Guitar Polish (Editor's Choice)

Lizard Spit Guitar Polish,4 fl. oz.

First off, we have Liquid Spit Guitar Polish which instantly wins the award for best name. As well as loving the name and brand, the liquid commonly referred to as ‘spit’ turns out to be very good too. You can use it on metals, plastics, lacquered (including nitrocellulose) and varnished wood. Dust repellant too, it will give your guitar a nice protection and glimmer.

  • Cuts through the gunk
  • Leaves a great finish without a lot of buffing
  • Great spray applicator
  • 89% of people give it a 5 star rating on Amazon - pretty impressive!
  • ​Bit on the pricey side
  • You may get some weird looks if you ask for ‘lizard spit’ in your local guitar shop (if they even stock it)
  • 4 fl. oz a bit on the small side

Let's take a look at this product...

2. Martin Professional Guitar Polish/Cleaner Kit

Martin Professional Guitar Polish/Cleaner Kit

Putting reptiles aside for a minute, second up we have Martin’s Professional Guitar Polish/Cleaner Kit. We all appreciate the standard of their guitars, so is their polish up to same standard? You bet it is. Coming in a generous 6 fl. oz bottle with sprayer, many people consider this one the best guitar polish available. It also doubles up as a cleaner (as well as a conditioner) so you can't complain on that front either.

  • Cleans as well as polishes
  • Generous 6 fl. oz bottle will last quite a while
  • Has the Martin seal of quality
  • None to mention

Let's take a look at this product...

3. Ernie Ball Guitar Polish with Cloth

Ernie Ball Instrument Polish with mircofiber cloth

This guitar polish from Ernie Ball is a superb budget option. Coming with a free microfibre polishing cloth to boot, its a non-oily solution that leaves no residue behind.

  • 4 fl.oz for a good price
  • Good spray applicator
  • Comes with a free polishing cloth
  • For the price, you’d pushed to find any flaws with this product

Let's take a look at this product...

4. Taylor Guitar Polish

Taylor Guitar Polish 4 oz

The second polish on the list that comes from a guitar manufacturer, this one from Taylor is another reliable guitar polish that won’t disappoint. Purporting to leave a ‘showroom quality shine’, if you’re a fan of Taylor guitars you may want to opt for it

  • Doesnt leave a film and removes fingerprints
  • Gives you a ‘showroom quality shine’
  • Like the Martin product above, it’s a bit pricier due to the brand
  • The price is a bit steep for 4 fl. Oz

5. Fender Guitar Polish

Fender guitar polish, 4oz pump spray bottle

Our final product comes from Fender this is a guitar polish only and not a cleaner. As polishes go, it does the trick very well and for the price is superb. With 4 fl. Oz. capacity and a decent spray, for the price you can’t really go wrong.

  • ​Superb value for a branded product
  • If you want a guitar manufacturer branded polish, this is the most reasonable one for the price
  • For the price, nothing to mention

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So which should I buy?

​So five guitar polishes that will do a good job of polishing your guitar. If you are picky about your brands like many people are, and want to match the polish with the make of guitar you own, you’ll want to opt for the Martin, Taylor or Fender. For the price, you can't go wrong with the Fender one.

If you're guitar brand agnostic, I’d shoot for the lizard spit as it’s a superb product that people rave about. Bit on the steep side price-wise, but a small price to pay to enter the elite club of Lizard Spit users....incidentally, can reptiles even spit? 🙂

Featured image by Bernhard Hanakam / BY-SA 2.0

Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Djangology’ and when he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his Campervan.

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