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Ibanez BTB and transparent black flat finish

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dax21, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. dax21

    dax21

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    I have couple of questions about finish maintenance. Excuse my lack of knowledge in this particular area in advance, I can hold my own when it comes down to basses/amps/pedals but I never really gotten particularly into wood finishes and related matter. :)

    My BTB700 has what Ibanez calls transparent black finish. What kind of products should I use for cleaning it? I ask because I know that use of wrong wax/polish/whatever can damage the finish. Back of the neck is slightly different, I guess it's lacquered because it has a bit of glossy shine to it. It's really hard to capture the character of it on photos, and my camera is pretty bad but it will have to do. :)

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    Also, the first layer of finish is getting stripped down on the areas of the body where I'm mostly in contact with the bass, above the pickup where I rest my thumb and around knobs. So there are some glossy stains now on those places. I know it's fairly normal for basses with satin/natural finishes since it's a common thing to see on used Warwicks for an instance. It can be seen here:

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    My question is if there is some kind of polish that can revert those spots to the original state?

    I asked this on the official Ibanez forums but that place is pretty much dead and I've gotten no replies.

    Thanks in advance guys. :)
  2. fourstringbliss

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    It's probably a thin lacquer finish. SR500's and some older model BTB's had a thin lacquer finish. You might be able to take everything off the body and spray it with some satin polyurethane lacquer.
  3. dax21

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    Thanks for the input. It doesn't bother me that much so I think refinish would be a bit of an overkill right now, but I'll definitely keep it in mind.
  4. PatQ

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    I don't think there is anything wearing off, it's just the grease from your hands that make it glossy.
  5. dax21

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    Well that's a possibility too I guess, but I did try to clean it and it was a no-go.

    Any advices on general maintenance of the wood, what polish should I use etc?

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