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Caring For Nitrocellulose Lacquer Guitar

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by DAKnox, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. DAKnox

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    After 25 years of Poly guitars I've got my first guitar which is nitro. A very nice Made in Japan Strat.

    I have a polish for the finish which is suitable for nitro, it's by a company called Music Nomad. So I'm OK with that.

    What I do from time to time is put a little Dunlop 65 Lemon Oil on a rosewood fretboard then wipe it off with a cloth.

    I done that to this guitar for the first time but I'm a little worried now.

    If I got a little lemon oil on the nitro would it damage it? I wiped the finish down with a different cloth after doing the fretboard. Should it be OK?

    Will this be OK to do in future or should I avoid the lemon oil getting anywhere near the finish?
     
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    I don’t think it would damage the finish if you got it off and didn’t leave it for long. Personally I would never use lemon oil on any of my rosewood or ebony fretboards. I only use Music Nomad F1 oil, once a year, and only a very small amount. With regards to keeping the nitro properly cared for - I spray a micro fibre cloth with Music Nomad Detailing spray and wipe down the finish after I play. I don’t use polish unless I get a fine scratch or, as I did recently, when I chipped the finish of one my guitars and repaired it. I find polish advertised for guitars to usually be pretty ineffective. When required I use bodyshop safe car polish - Menzerna 3800 - sparingly. The only other advice I can give is to keep the guitar in its case when you’re not using it.
     
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    Put it in a freezer for a few hours....
    then immediately take it out in the hot sun....
    bash it on some rocks and what-not....
    get a knife and carve your initials on it somewhere...

    NOW you have a guitar!

    :D:D:D
     
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    Dude! You forgot to mention, you're supposed to clean it with acetone first!
     
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    It wont hurt anythjng. Lemon oil is normally just a mineral oil mix with lemon scent. I Have been using variations on nitro guitar fretboard for years.
     
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    Lemon oil polish is safe and you can clean gunk from the fretboard or finish with Naphtha (or Ronson lighter fluid, which is Naphtha with colorant). Every other tech I know keeps Naptha or lighter fluid (because the squeeze bottles are handy) on their tech benches.

    I only use Stewmac's Preservation polish, but the Music Nomad stuff is OK. You don't want any polish that leaves anything on the surface - polish should only "polish" the surface, not act like a wax. I do not recommend any auto body polishes as most contain silicones; others may be clay based and too abrasive for lacquer.

    Professionally applied, cured lacquer is one if the most durable and easiest-to-care-for finishes available.
     
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    I didn't know there were any nitro MIJ Fender guitars.

    But, if you want your finish to look pristine in 20 years, nitro may not be the ticket.
     
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    I didn't know either until I got this one. The seller told me it was but I wasn't totally convinced, I bought it anyway as I don't have a preference with regards to nitro/poly. I sent the serial number to Fender and they sent me back a spec. for the guitar which confirmed it.

    I'm not bothered about it looking pristine at all, I'd just rather not actively damage it.
     
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    Others like @Silverface are versed in finishes. But if that is your goal, I'd not polish it with anything. At least not more than once a year or so. Wipe down with a cotton cloth if you want to dust or remove sweat.
     
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    "Polish" is a word that can mean many things. Stay away from anything that's got a heavy body or cream consistency because it might be an abrasive (albeit a fine one). However the pump polishes like Gibson or Martin or Planet Waves (although the last one smells like candy) are fine as a cleaner to help remove fingerprints. Microfiber cloths are amazing for that.

    Otherwise don't worry it's still a reasonably tough finish that's been used for many years on furniture. The only caveat is never let it get near anyone who has applied bug repellent - it will eat into the nitro and leave print marks from your skin/hair. I have not experimented to see if it's only deet/deep woods off or other types of bug repellent that do this.
     
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