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How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby ampig » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:16 am

...bass?
That is - What do you recommend for polishing a lacquer/nitro finish?
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby kennans » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:12 pm

Clean a P-Bass? That'd be like scraping the frosting off the cupcake.

I guess if you have to 'clean' it, friction and/or Bourbon.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby steveonbass » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:49 pm

I de-skank my P Bass every two years or so when i change strings. I worked in a guitar shop for a long time and, of all the products out there, I preferred the Gibson polish - especially for nitro.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby pbassplayer » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:57 pm

i like the ghs guitar gloss,do it lightly then do it again. use those microfiber polishing cloths.

warning !!!! do not use a power buffer of any kind
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby nolabass » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:01 pm

I use cigarette smoke and spilled beer. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby noahvale » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:07 pm

Best polish ever: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_s ... =3&xsr=391

I also use it on my upright, and all my wood furniture.

I know I'm probably in the minority, but I don't get the desire to have vintage instruments look nasty.
If you had a 1965 Mustang, would you just drive it everyday and never wash and wax it?
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby randall » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:28 pm

^^^^ That's what I use, too.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby harleyyy » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:57 pm

steveonbass wrote:I de-skank my P Bass every two years or so when i change strings. I worked in a guitar shop for a long time and, of all the products out there, I preferred the Gibson polish - especially for nitro.


That's what I use.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby ampig » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:52 pm

I'm anal like Butch. I like my basses clean. That being said, I don't own a vintage nitro finished P bass either.
I was referring to my 7 lb, East P-Retro equipped, Dinky P, Warmoth P/J which was finished in lacquer by my buddy, master luthier, Dave Merrill. I gave it to him to finish the body in a 2 tone vintage burst. When I got it back he had put the same burst on the back of the neck and the headstock. It's real subtle on the neck and is hard to photograph. Here she is. You can see the smudge marks.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby BobbyBass » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:45 pm

Alembic makes a great polish, if you can find it.
Meguiar's Mirror Glaze products is also at you auto store or sometimes Walmart.
Just make sure it doesn't have silicone.
Remember the Nitro Fender used to use was actually car paint. So, car polish?
I like #7.
Dunlop #65 is OK also.
My Jazz Bass Relic 1997 is Nitro but doesn't look any better when it's cleaned up. [smilie=coz.gif]
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby harleyyy » Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:22 pm

This is another favorite I use...

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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby Rhian Batson » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:59 pm

I like fried chicken polish. KFC's original works good
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but I prefer Church's Extra Crispy for that nice after lunch sheen.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby noahvale » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:07 am

One picture is worth...

This is my upright. I polished it with the Stewmac polish about two months ago. I've played several gigs with it since then. The thing I really like about this polish is that it does not pick up fingerprints or smear. Click the attachment for a bigger view.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby ampig » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:46 am

That looks real nice Butch. Someone else recommended the Stew-Mac polish to me.
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Re: How Do You Polish Your P....

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:40 am

Being your vintage resource and repair guy - I have to agree and completely disagree with some answers here.

NEVER ever- ok 1 more time NEVER use automotive products on vintage nitro UNLESS you are a TRAINED PROFESSIONAL - PERIOD! I cant tell you how many repairs I get because of this. I've seen finishes Blush, Stain, Not release the product and even take the finish off. Let me explain - wax shines the finish, it does not clean it. Polish removes abraisions by making small abraisions - Not good. You need to clean your bass before you shine it. Right now I have a 68 P bass in black that someone used auto finish on and quite honestly, I think the finish is ruined.

Misnomer #1 - The "Nitro" they are shooting now is not vintage nitro. Old nitro was removed by OSHA as an EXPLOSIVE and I believe a carcinogen (I know it was removed for health reasons same way 50s korina is also illegal). New nitro aint close but its in the realm.

NOW - You have cleaning and shining - there is a difference. BE CAREFUL, it is very easy to blush your finish. Only use items for instrument use. You must clean it before you shine it. Ok now,,,, Guitar polish is a cleaner, it cleans your guitar and makes it shiny. AUTO polish is not a cleaner. All above products work well. My shop faves are the Dean Markley #13, #11 and polish.

Good luck and a great thread!
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