Aging a poly finish guitar

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by squierTony, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Sanding my LP poly maybe didn't make it look older, but it sure made it look like nitro, not high gloss plastic.
     
  2. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    Chemicals.
     
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  3. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
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    Here ya go.



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  4. pflug

    pflug Squier-Nut

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    Oct 11, 2013
    Michigan
    I've got a nicely yellowed white VN5 but it seems by the time the color ages on a Squier you get that funky waviness below the surface from the same interaction with the wood

    I didn't age it- it did it by itself
     
  5. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    I've got an aged white NC and I really like the color and that's where I'm trying to go with the SE.. 20190919_221403.jpg
     
  6. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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  7. Will someone PLEASE give @squierTony the answer to his dilemma? There must be someone with a secret recipe to quickly age a polyurethane finish.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  8. Atlen

    Atlen Squier-Meister

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    Dave Simpson made a video on this topic:

     
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  9. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    If it were me, I would try a solution of this mixed with some acrylic artist color of choice. apply gently with a rag and when the color is right, let it dry and buff it out.

    http://www.chymeragroup.com/acrastrip.htm
     
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  10. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2014
    Pa
    This was reliced by an old friend of mine,originally Olympic white poly finish.Not sure how he aged the finish, but the checking was done with an exacto knife. image.jpeg
     
  11. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

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    May 29, 2014
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    This is like asking "how can you make a tall person short?"

    Is a non facetious answer possible?

    Poly finishes were made to be durable. Durability was seen as a plus. And if our guitars lacked such we'd damned right be complaining about it.

    I.e., enjoy what you've got or get what you'll better enjoy.

    (Or you can do what I did. Hold onto your guitars as you get old!) :D

    -don
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
  12. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    some of my best relic work was done with a buffer wheel on a drill motor.

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  13. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

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    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    I don’t think the OP is trying to relic the finish. I think he wants it to fade to a slightly yellowed color. I think the way to achieve that in a short amount of time is to expose it to extreme UV light or maybe apply a light coat of Varathane. It fades pretty quickly. I’ve used it a lot on necks.
     
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  14. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    I gave him a chemical solution that will probably work, I have used acrylic artist oils mixed with different chemicals to different effects.
    I was just showing the relic process I used to entertain other ideas about relic'ing .
     
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  15. BuddyLee

    BuddyLee Squier-Meister

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    Aug 30, 2019
    Liberty SC
    Ultra violet light.
    Spray a thin coat of nitro over it. Something off white or a clear known to rapidly turn yellow. Then place in in front of a UV light to speed up the aging process.
     
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  16. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Geeze.... I'm not wanting to relic like I said in the original post. I just want a shade or 2 darker. I'm not trying to start pi$$!n match. I'm not trying to be difficult or an @$$ just wanted to know if anyone had done it before...
     
  17. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    How about trying shoe polish? I’ve used it on headstocks with nice results.


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  18. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    I've done a couple necks with that kiwis before. That might just work if I can get it to spread evenly.
     
  19. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    Maybe test it out on backside of the body or trem cavity?


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  20. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Just tried it on my NC and guess what.....
    Check out the round spot..
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