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Not yet 02-17-2014 09:10 PM

Nitro neck care
 
What's the proper way to care for a Nitro neck? First one

Thanks

Rocky McDougall 02-17-2014 10:36 PM

What type of bass? What type of wood? What type of fretboard? What type of finishes?

Very, very few fretboards are finished in Nitro lacquer.

LowEndWooly 02-17-2014 11:57 PM

I'm having a nitro neck made by warmoth (3a birdseye all the way) and I was wondering the same thing. Its on P Bass body with a Stingray pup.

aphexafx 02-18-2014 01:59 AM

I'm curious too. I might have a nitro Fender reissue neck headed my way.

Rocky McDougall 02-18-2014 07:59 AM

Nitro lacquer is not a tough finish and is not suited for a fretboard. Light colored wood such as Maple will soon become discolored because the finish wears of quickly. The fretboard should be finished in a clear poly and the rest of the neck can be Nitro.

Not yet 02-18-2014 08:25 AM

Rosewood fretboard, back of neck basically unfinished... It's a Nash

Hopkins 02-18-2014 08:47 AM

Just make sure that any guitar stands or wall hangers are nitro safe. Out gassing foam can damage the finish. Also, try to avoid taking it from a cold environment to a hot one, so the finish doesn't crack.

Hopkins 02-18-2014 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rocky McDougall (Post 15536301)
What type of bass? What type of wood? What type of fretboard? What type of finishes?

Very, very few fretboards are finished in Nitro lacquer.


Every maple fretboard on a nitro finished neck is finished in nitro.

202dy 02-18-2014 08:55 AM

  1. Wipe it off after playing.
  2. Avoid contact with reactive materials i.e. plastics, latex, some other synthetics.
  3. If leaving on a stand, use a cloth or fur buffer at the contact points.
  4. Shift it in the stand every day or two to be sure.
  5. Better yet, play it every day.

The choice to wax or not wax is yours. If you like the feel, go for it. If not, don't.

Not yet 02-18-2014 08:57 AM

Thanks. Any oils or other care recommended?

CapnSev 02-18-2014 09:18 AM

Let it get nasty. That's why you get a nitro finish.

202dy 02-18-2014 09:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Not yet (Post 15537526)
Thanks. Any oils or other care recommended?

Nitro is a complete finish. Oils (BLO, tung, mineral aka "lemon" etc) are finishes. There is no reason to combine finishes.

Pilgrim 02-18-2014 09:48 AM

NO OILS. All the can do is darken the wood, and they are never necessary.

Not yet 02-18-2014 01:59 PM

Thanks for reply... So for the neck, just wipe off after gigs, that it? Body don't care, but need neck to stay fast

testing1two 02-18-2014 03:11 PM

Nitro looks great and ages well (meaning it wears out fast but in a cool way) BUT it feels crappy on the back of a neck and has a tendency to feel sticky. Gibson guitar polish is the best I've found to bring back a slick feeling to glossy nitro but you have to use it quite frequently. Personally, I prefer to sand the back of glossy necks to a smooth satin.

Hopkins 02-18-2014 04:31 PM

You are over thinking this. Nitro is a hard shell finish and doesn't really require any special care. Just use common sense, and don't bang it around. If it gets dirty clean it with a damp cloth. You don't need any special polishes or oils.

ou812 03-02-2014 09:00 PM

So, in response to the idea of sanding down the gloss nitro neck to satin, what grit? Sandpaer or fine steel wool? Mine's a '13 gibson TBird. The gloss is pretty but has a certain stickiness to it even when clean. But I notice after an hour of playing I get gummy sections, almost like a reaction with my skin oils. Seems like it occurs mostly along the joint between the neck and rosewood fingerboard. Is that a real thing, and will a satin finish help?

jeffbonny 03-02-2014 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ou812 (Post 15594158)
So, in response to the idea of sanding down the gloss nitro neck to satin, what grit? Sandpaer or fine steel wool? Mine's a '13 gibson TBird. The gloss is pretty but has a certain stickiness to it even when clean. But I notice after an hour of playing I get gummy sections, almost like a reaction with my skin oils. Seems like it occurs mostly along the joint between the neck and rosewood fingerboard. Is that a real thing, and will a satin finish help?

De-glossed nitro finishes tend to gloss back up with playing. On my '57 RI P-bass I knocked down the gloss a couple of times with 000 steel wool but eventually stripped the finish off completely and oiled the neck.

testing1two 03-03-2014 01:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ou812 (Post 15594158)
So, in response to the idea of sanding down the gloss nitro neck to satin, what grit? Sandpaer or fine steel wool? Mine's a '13 gibson TBird. The gloss is pretty but has a certain stickiness to it even when clean. But I notice after an hour of playing I get gummy sections, almost like a reaction with my skin oils. Seems like it occurs mostly along the joint between the neck and rosewood fingerboard. Is that a real thing, and will a satin finish help?

Some painters tape and a gray scotch-brite pad is the easiest and fastest way to knock the gloss off. Steel wool and 400+ grit sandpaper are too fine for this particular job and the neck will quickly burnish back into a gloss finish.

Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxGz6...EzuPePqXOJBgXw

bassgod0dmw 03-03-2014 05:09 AM

I've always used #0000 steel wool to de-gloss a neck. It works great. Just make sure you put tape over anything magnetic of you'll have little metal shavings stuck to it.

Next time I plan on trying a scotch brite pad.


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