Cleaning Nitro finish - need advice

Maestro Fuzz

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Just a quick question my friends - can i safely use this guitar polish on my 17' 58 Reissue with Nitro finish? Thank you all in advance

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Well this is the one I got. I dont want to trow it away, I just want to know if its safe to use....
 

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Never seen that one before. Google it or Google the ingredients in the Gibson polish and see if they match the back of yours. For some reason I think many of the ones for nitro make mention of it but I'm certainly no polish expert. But I'm sure someone here has seen it.
 

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:dunno: I'm not a big fan of goop or glossy looking finishes. I typically just wipe mine down with an ever so slightly damp cotton diaper. If there is a buildup of smutz, then a little Naptha and then the damp diaper.

On the occasion I do need some goop, it's Virtuoso! As far as the OP, if it does not say "safe for Nitro", I wouldn't use it.
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:dunno: I'm not a big fan of goop or glossy looking finishes. I typically just wipe mine down with an ever so slightly damp cotton diaper. If there is a buildup of smutz, then a little Naptha and then the damp diaper.

On the occasion I do need some goop, it's Virtuoso! As far as the OP, if it does not say "safe for Nitro", I wouldn't use it.
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Thank you Pappy. This is the one that sells the most in Thomann ( Europe ). I guess ill have to stick with microfibre cloth...
 

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I typically just wipe mine down with an ever so slightly damp cotton diaper.
Do diapers help you achieve that ever-elusive Brown Sound? :rofl:

Sorry, I couldn’t resist! :)

In all seriousness, OP, I wouldn’t use that polish because it says, “contains petroleum distillates.” I don’t know if that means silicone or what, but I’d buy something better and make sure that it’s safe for nitro. If I had a high-value/high-cost instrument like a Historic Reissue, I absolutely would spend good money on quality cleaning and care products for it, and not use whatever I happened to have on hand. Just my 2¢.
 

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Do diapers help you achieve that ever-elusive Brown Sound? :rofl:

Sorry, I couldn’t resist! :)

In all seriousness, OP, I wouldn’t use that polish because it says, “contains petroleum distillates.” I don’t know if that means silicone or what, but I’d buy something better and make sure that it’s safe for nitro. If I had a high-value/high-cost instrument like a Historic Reissue, I absolutely would spend good money on quality cleaning and care products for it, and not use whatever I happened to have on hand. Just my 2¢.
Thank you for your advice. Well its not a cheap polish. It actually costs more then the Gibson Pump Polish and I dont want to wait for a week if I order it now....But i guess ill have to
 

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Should be fine. Petroleum distillates are mineral oil. Which is safe on nitro at much higher concentration.

Test it on the bottom of the guitar, the end grain has a lot more dye and will be less noticeable if some of it rubs off.

Inside of control cavity works too, for testing corrosion. But, IMO a reissue isn't a great guitar to test anything but pick ups and rockstar poses.
 

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some people might scoff at this but you could always do a small patch test on the ass end
 

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some people might scoff at this but you could always do a small patch test on the ass end
Nah, I just dont want to risk it now, most people here agree I shouldnt. Pappy said to use Naptha - is that Zippo fuel??? ( like I said im from Europe :) )
 

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Nah, I just dont want to risk it now, most people here agree I shouldnt. Pappy said to use Naptha - is that Zippo fuel??? ( like I said im from Europe :) )
Please do not use lighter fluid. Apparently the formula has changed. It used to be naphtha.

I know this from reading 42 pages of nonsense on ruining a finish. I would stick to the Gibson polish on my custom shop guitars.
 

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Please do not use lighter fluid. Apparently the formula has changed. It used to be naphtha.

I know this from reading 42 pages of nonsense on ruining a finish. I would stick to the Gibson polish on my custom shop guitars.
Thank you. Gibson has many polishes, whats the one for nitro finish guitars, can you put a link please?
 


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