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Old June 30th, 2017, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Issue with Nitrocellulose finish on new Les Paul

I have several other guitars, but just bought my first Gibson. The others are decent quality guitar brands Fender, PRS, and ESP, but none have the Nitrocellulose finish. I love my new Gibson, but didn't realize the finish was so fragile. I have my other guitars sitting on either floor stands or wall hangers, and mistakenly thought they wouldn't harm the new Les Paul. I was wrong! I now have a large "smudge" on the bottom top front finish that looks kind of like a large fingerprint. It's only visible at a certain angle, but I know it's there. I know relics are the rage now, but I'm not in that group of folks. I've read that VM&P Naptha may help, but I darn sure don't want to make it worse. I apologize if I'm asking a question that many have asked before, but
I would appreciate any advice. I'm keeping it in its case now, but it's a little bit of a hassle doing that as I play every day.


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Old July 1st, 2017, 04:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nitro is very fragile as you say and it's a fairly well known issue that it reacts with rubber stands.

I have no advice on fixing the smudge, however you can stop it happening in future by wrapping some old cotton sheet around the bottom of the stands, where the guitar rests and also any other bits that the guitar touches the stand
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Old July 1st, 2017, 07:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I rarely leave my guitars on stands for long periods of time. They basically live in their cases. If i do leave them out for a few days, the only stands that I trust are Hercules. I've never had a problem with them. Otherwise, do as John says and wrap a cotton cloth or sock around the areas that contact the guitar.
If the area is smooth and just looks like a smudge, get some Mequiars swirl remover wax from your local auto parts place and try to buff it out. This wax is safe to use as it contains no silicones. I've buffed out the satin finish on my Martin D-16 using this and it did a great job.
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Old July 1st, 2017, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The area is smooth. Thanks so much, I'll get some! I know it's a little thing, but she's my new baby!


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Old July 1st, 2017, 09:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nitro is very fragile as you say and it's a fairly well known issue that it reacts with rubber stands.



I have no advice on fixing the smudge, however you can stop it happening in future by wrapping some old cotton sheet around the bottom of the stands, where the guitar rests and also any other bits that the guitar touches the stand


Thanks for your advice!


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Old July 1st, 2017, 12:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey if it doesn't work at least you've got some great wax for your car and other guitars.

Let us know if it does the trick so that we can pass along the info to others.

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Old July 1st, 2017, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ha ! Yeah


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Old July 1st, 2017, 09:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lucky you found it.

Nitro and the plasticiser in the rubber stuff on stands and hangers is real trouble.
Lucky you found just a smudge; I had a hanger really bite into the neck of one of mine. Stands are fine with the modern poly finishes but use a cloth or something with nitro, particularly if it's new; it may take years to really dry out.
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Old July 1st, 2017, 09:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks! I think I'm going put it in the case.


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Old July 3rd, 2017, 03:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi and Welcome to Gibson-Talk, Tadbennett. If you use a headstock tuner don't leave it on. Tune then take it off. Almost made that mistake when my Gibson SG Classic was new. Also do not use any type of masking tape on it for whatever reason, that will mess it up for sure..................
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