- Sep 19, 2019
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Interesting... the majority of gelled or thickened hand sanitizers use glycerin as the thickener, and although it's essentially inert by itself it can react with other chemicals like nitric acid, and there is a chemical commonality between nitric acid and nitrocellulose... wonder if his hand sanitizer contains glycerin and the absorbed glycerin is reacting with the nitro finish... other sanitizers have bleach in them.... the safe thing to use would be soap and water before playing.I was just agreeing with someone in a different thread yesterday that I have too many black guitars...
Maybe I should count my blessings!
But honestly, I have never seen a white nitro finish that didn't seem to immediately start to pick up stains, and turn translucent over the years. A friend owns a 1275 that looks pink where it isn't stained (very little of that, because he's literally OCD about cleaning his hands---always had a dispenser of hand sanitizer with him, decades before COVID became a thing---and even though the guitar spent all of the time when it was not being played in the case, the white faded until the color of the mahogany beneath gives it a pink color... And not uniformly, so it's mottled pink!