Neoprene and nitro finishes

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Showdown, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I have an old guitar stand that I got out of storage. The rubber tube on it had gotten hard and crumbled when I touched it. After removing all of it I replaced it with neoprene from a mouse pad. My question is, will neoprene (cloth side) harm nitro finishes?

    Here is a picture:


    It touches both at the headstock and at the back of the bass.
  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Not sure about that thin cloth backing, but generally, yes, neoprene will eat a nitro finish. Its the offgassing as I understand it. I would avoid it myself, too big a risk...

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