Nitro Finish Care

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Texicaster, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Texicaster

    Texicaster Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    666
    Joined:
    May 9, 2018
    Location:
    Arizona
    ¡Bueno!

    I neglected the nitro finish on my '52 thin skin Telecaster and grime seems to be a little deeper than I can polish off so far.

    I use Virtuoso brand polish but see they have a cleaner too..... Maybe I should try that...

    Or is there a new top of the line?

    I'm curious as to what you may use.

    Thanks,

    TEX
     
  2. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,203
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    Location:
    USA
    I've had great results with Vituoso. If it's grimy, first the cleaner followed by polish, sometimes a few rounds of each.

    Regular maintenance, just the polish. Great results.
     
    Texicaster likes this.
  3. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,680
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2013
    Location:
    CT
    Meguiar's clean/polish products made for car finishes work well. Stick with the light/fine end of the spectrum
     
    Texicaster likes this.
  4. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    919
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2019
    Location:
    North Carolina
    YIKES...I've been using lighter fluid - Naphtha and Renaissance Wax Polish all these years.
     
    Texicaster likes this.
  5. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    919
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2019
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I use Mother's California Carnauba Paste Wax with Cleaner on Poly finished guitars - mostly Stratocasters.
     
    Texicaster likes this.
  6. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    15,428
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Location:
    Western Connecticut
    Naphtha, aka lighter fluid, is a great solvent for cleaning any guitar. It won't hurt nitro. The only thing to be aware of is that it will dry out unfinished woods, so oil your rosewood board after (not on your blackguard of course).
     
    Texicaster likes this.
  7. stuffinplays

    stuffinplays TDPRI Member

    Age:
    27
    Posts:
    73
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Location:
    Tampa
    I'm not certain if it contains it but Virtuoso cleaner sure smells an awful lot like it's got some Naphtha in it. Leaves the same sort of hazy residue like Naphtha does too.

    For particularly dirty one, Naphtha does a wonderful job and leaves the nitro finish looking really nice. The Virtuoso cleaner works well but about as well as the naphtha IME
     
    muscmp and Texicaster like this.
  8. muscmp

    muscmp Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,337
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Location:
    california
    naptha probably your best bet.

    play music!
     
  9. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,271
    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Location:
    San Antone
    But the grime is what gives it personality! GS2768-2_1024x1024.jpg
     
    Stratwrangler and Matthias like this.
  10. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,070
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    I like nitro to have a bit of a, um, haze to it. I don’t clean or polish them much.

    But cleaning wise, a very slightly damp microfibre cloth is good. If it’s into the surface, it could be colour transfer from a strap or item of clothing. I lightly buffed a mark on my parts Jag out most of the way with a sheet of smooth copier paper and a cloth, taking care not to get too much friction heat. I’m cheap.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2019
  11. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    988
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Location:
    Beltway, USA
    I find that beer works very well. Stale beer from last night is even better. Unless you're picky, no need to wipe off. YMMV
     
    bryan83 likes this.
  12. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,842
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    We should see pix.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.