Is there a way to darken a Poly finish?

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  1. Dentron

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    I have a honeyburst G&L that I would love even more if it had a darker finish. Any suggestions?
     
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    But sand it back with some 300 grit and spray on some tinted clear?

    One time I thought about taking my guitar to a tanning booth. Then I realized: "they'll make me explain things" and thought better for it.
     
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    My natural ASAT has sun darkened. Put it in the sun for a couple decades
     
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    The only way would be to spray a urethane clear coat lightly tinted with a neutral black. The result would be somewhat like putting lightly neutral gray tinted sunglasses on.
     
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    I've used both UV and heat lamps, as well as the good ole Florida sun. The UV and heat lamps work better for turning fresh poly on a lighter maple neck more amber. I usually let them sit basking in a light or two in a closet or even better, an unused bathtub, for a few days. Not sure how it'd work on an already cured darker colored body, however, as I've never tried it. Also, a disclaimer... It goes without saying, that if you use a heat lamp, don't get it too bloody close to anything, and give it plenty of space and ventilation. They get extremely hot, and WILL burn down your house if put directly near flammable objects or enclosed spaces for too long.
     
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    Nitro can...tinted or trans coloured. You can spray nitro over poly...scuff it up first...I'd test it first tho on a spare bit of wood with the poly already on it to see what the results were before spraying the body. A pic of the body would be good.
     
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    I've darkened several poly finished necks by spraying them with a lacquer toner them clear coating the with clear lacquer. It gave them a nice vintage look. Behlens and the Reranch have toner in a rattle can.
    Beauty is that if you don't like the look it is easy to remove without messing up the original poly finish and you can try again. The lacquer goes over the poly no problem.
     
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    If it's polyurethane, just pull up the rug on a polyurethane finished floor. Our house was only finished last May, and you can already start to see a rug line near a window that only gets morning sun for a couple hours. Maybe leave it on a guitar stand near a window.

    If it's polyester like what Fender uses - or at least used to use - that stuff seems pretty bulletproof to anything.
     
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