Aging a poly finish guitar

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by squierTony, Nov 10, 2019 at 3:47 PM.

  1. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Has anyone here successfully aged a poly finish? I want to tone down a white SE but absolutely dont want to relic it. I've thought about leaving it in the sunlight but that'll take forever.
     
  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    I had this Epiphone that faded nicely into a cream color. I think all you have to do is put it in a hot room in the sunlight for like ten years and smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day in that same room. Should look great after that! ;)

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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    The beauty of those white rhino SE's IS the starker white, and non off-white or cream color....

    I'd trade for another body....
     
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  4. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

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    Throw it in a tanning booth and see if that works. :p
     
  5. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    MAUD Oklahoma
    Its just too white for me. Just a couple shades lighter would be great.
     
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  6. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    You can always sand it to give it a satin look. That's what I did with my LP.

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    to that
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  7. You may have to re-paint and finish to get the look you want. Poly finishes don't age very well.
    I did an "heirloom white" on an SE.


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    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  8. brians

    brians Squier-Nut

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    Aging poly , I don't think it actually happens by natural means
     
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  9. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    Submerge in black coffee after lighting high grit sanding?


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  10. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Nut

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    Tie your guitar to the back of your car and drag it around the block, some say that's the secret technique Fender Custom Shop uses...

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  11. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Age:
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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    I've refinished a few SEs in the past and really don't want to go that route. I'd rather leave it as is than do a refinish.
     
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  12. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    I think it does. My SQ Strat has a lot of discoloring from something, probably sweat.


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  13. Quite simply … you have answered your own question.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  14. What? ... someone can actually sweat that much to age a polyurethane guitar body finish?
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  15. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
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    Not really... I just said I'd rather leave it like it is than refinish it. I still want to age it just not a refinish.
     
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  16. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    This thing has been played hard and put away wet. The poly feels more like nitro.


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  17. OK … pics!:D
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  18. Fine. Let it sit on a guitar stand for 20 years at a sunny window or refinish. So ya … really!;)
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  19. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Age:
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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Ok so here's the original question in the first post in the thread. Nothing to
    do what your trying to get at..

    "Has anyone here successfully aged a poly finish? "
     
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  20. Well you have all kinds of answers from … a tanning booth, dragging it behind a truck, soaking it in black coffee, lots of sweat, or just simply time or refinishing.
    Take your pick or wait for a miracle answer. I'd love to hear a solution from someone, to a question that's eluded hobbyists since ploy finishes where offered.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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