Years of grease/polish on nitrocellulose finish

Terrence

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Hey guys

My vintage SG has years of grime and old polish all over the nitrocellulose finish. When I buff it with a cloth I can still see it all on there and I can Ismear it with my finger.

I was going to use Virtuoso cleaner to remove it all. But after i spoke to them, they advised me not to use their product on my guitar as there are several chips in the finish that reveal the wood, and the cleaner could damage the wood.

Can anyone recommend a good safe cleaner for a vintage nitrocellulose finish?
And also some polish too!

Thanks in advance for your help!
 

Terrence

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Naphtha is really the best option.
I can't find any Naphtha here in UK. I read that zippo lighter fuel is good, but I've also read not to use it. So still quite confused!
 

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every hardware store should have naptha sometimes called white spirits in the uk. or PV naptha paint & varnish naptha

it's pretty much the luthier's cleaner of choice. it will not harm nitro or poly or most other finishes.
 

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Zippo fluid lighter works very well for cleaning a nitro finish. No problem :cheers:

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Here's what I wanted to post above. :D
Too late to edit my post, it seems...


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Did you try some lighter fluid @Terrence ?

I've used Virtuoso cleaner on all of my guitars with excellent results; (including my highly checked 63 Junior) although I see in your first post that they didn't recommend it for your old SG.
 

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Here's what I wanted to post above. :D
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Did you try some lighter fluid @Terrence ?

I've used Virtuoso cleaner on all of my guitars with excellent results; (including my highly checked 63 Junior) although I see in your first post that they didn't recommend it for your old SG.
Not yet, but I'll be tacking it this weekend, will let you know how it goes 👍
 

Juan Tumani

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Hey guys

My vintage SG has years of grime and old polish all over the nitrocellulose finish. When I buff it with a cloth I can still see it all on there and I can Ismear it with my finger.

I was going to use Virtuoso cleaner to remove it all. But after i spoke to them, they advised me not to use their product on my guitar as there are several chips in the finish that reveal the wood, and the cleaner could damage the wood.

Can anyone recommend a good safe cleaner for a vintage nitrocellulose finish?
And also some polish too!

Thanks in advance for your help!
A little late to the party but I've used D'Addario Restore on a few guitars (Nitro and Poly).

The people with Virtuoso are trying to protect their interests as well as yours. If you have exposed wood then any liquid could get under the original finish and that could mean nothing, or it could mean that original finish could begin lifting.

Try to seal those areas first or at least try to avoid them.

One soft clean cloth to apply, another soft clean cloth to remove.

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This site takes some pics and doesn't take others so here's a link to a sister site.
Thread 'Scratch removal test.' https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/scratch-removal-test.587108/
 

Terrence

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Hey guys

Just an update....

After much umming and arring, I decided to go with Gibson vintage reissue restoration cleaning kit.

I tried a patch on the back of the guitar, and it just clouded right up. Tried buffing it and no joy.

Tried a touch of zippo lighter fluid on another bit and it didn't appear to do much. I could still see streaks and marks.

Thinking of giving Virtuoso a try. Any thoughts?
 

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