Safe easy way to take a little of new nitro shine off Les Paul Classic Plus?

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  1. Lkdog

    Lkdog Senior Member

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    As title says- looking for a safe way to dial back the shine on a 2017 LP Classic Plus.
    I bought it used from MLP member here in like new condition and he had added an amber switch tip, a switch ring, tophat knobs, and blank truss rod cover and backplates to give it a more vintage look.

    Having been used to VOS historics for years- I am swapping out a few stock parts for used aged ones I am rounding up (bridge,stopbar, tuners, pickup covers). So this is kind of a minor low cost aging project.
    Guitar sets up, plays, and sounds very good.

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    Question is if there is a easy safe reversible way to take a little of the nitro shine off?
    It is a heritage cherry burst with subtle flame- kind if like you might see on an R8.

    Done a few searches. Do not want to use Scotchbrite or steel wool on it.

    Am wondering about some safe polish or mild rubbing compound that would dial it back a little bit, but if I want to go back to the original shine I could do so.

    Any input is welcome.
     
  2. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    I honestly don't see any other way than old elbow grease and play her...
     
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  3. Leña_Costoso

    Leña_Costoso Senior Member

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    The key word there is "reversible", but the question is "at what price?".

    "Play the fokker like you stole it...."
     
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    SlyStrat Senior Member

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    First World Problem.........
     
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    Amazingly so!.....I wonder if anyone would even be asking this question, say 30, 40 years ago?....

    Just play it and don't polish it!....
     
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    Lkdog Senior Member

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    Hey sorry. I thought I was on the Les Paul forum where people discuss.......Les Pauls.

    You can go back to yelling at kids to get off your lawn now.
     
  7. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus Silver Supporter

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    Maybe a white 3m pad?
     
  8. afjungemann

    afjungemann Senior Member

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    I would think the only choice is to get some good swirl action from a lightly abrasive compound. If you wanted to reverse it, you could polish it back out. It would of course come at the cost of a certain amount of your nitro.
     
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    tolm Bigsby Junkie

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    Half a dozen gigs oughta do it ...
     
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    I would think if you went with a very mild compound or even a light "'swirl remover" and a LOT of elbow grease, it would tone it down a bit, but could always be re-polished back to gloss if you wanted.

    Ideal would be to have something to test it on first......scary to just do it with no test.

    NHTom
     
  11. Rotorhead

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    Most every kind of polish or compound is going to have an opposite effect from what you're trying to achieve. It's their job, really.
     
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    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Exactly.....I think y’all would achieve the look yer going for by playing it. A lot.....
     
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    crazytrain513 Senior Member

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    I agree. I know this isn’t the answer you want to hear, and I’ve often wondered if I could tone down the sheen of my tea burst Classic myself but honestly, there isn’t really any legit substitute for time, playing it and, frankly, being a bit careless with keeping the guitar clean. Especially now where the finishes have been made to avoid checking and essentially last “forever”.

    There’s a reason why VOS finishes add so much to the cost of the instrument.
     
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    07rogersg Senior Member

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    Anything you do to dull the finish will remove a bit of the nitro, which by its nature is non-reversible without reapplying more lacquer.
     
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    Room full of smoke, sweat and beers.
     
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    Not true really.
    Polishing compounds vary in degree and purpose.
    There are aggressive "cutting" compounds that leave a dull finish
    (when used by hand) that are used before a finer finish polish.
     
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    XpensiveWino Senior Member

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    @Breezin above is exactly correct.

    I was also thinking you could get a set of 3M micro polishing papers. Start with the 1 micron and go up from there to 'rough' it up. What I don't have an answer for is how you do it without causing swirls, directional scratches, etc... maybe others will chime in.
     
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    The problem here is that you are trying to get a worn in look......but you generally get that with lots of different depth scratches. Simply dulling the finish with 1 type of pad or compound gives you that amateur relic look where you simply have a matte finish in degrees. It not only looks nothing like vintage, but will look a lot worse than the VOS.
     
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    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Exactly what I was trying to say.....
     
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    Thanks for all of the input. I knew I wasn't all that crazy to be thinking about how to do this.
    Kind of nervous about any scuffing or micro mesh actions. I have used mild car rubbing compound before to fix imperfection on nitro. I
    probably polished it after that then. Don't remember.
    I can't recall if it dulled it up or not. If there was a way to test it out I might try that.

    Maybe the idea of just playing it a lot in the humid summer months coming up is the best idea for now.

    I will post a picture of it later this week when I get all of the different parts on it. It is coming together pretty well and best of all it plays and sounds
    really pretty good. These newer USA Gibsons are really good build quality. This one has the 59 pickups in it stock - not the 57 Classic and 57 Classic plus.
    I might throw some SD Antiquities I have in it as they are maybe my favorite PAF, but have to say these 59 pickups are pretty damn good.



    Sorry for being a smart ass above.
    I agree there are more important things in the world to worry about.
     
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