car wax on bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by truckin88, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    Anyone use car wax on their basses. I have been using mothers for years with great success.
  2. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    After I clean the bodies of my basses, I use a spray car polish made by Slick 50. 'Course I only clean my basses about once a year....
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    car wax on bass


    Yep ... this will work good.
  4. I use Ultima Paint Guard Plus on my classical guitars, works great. My main bass is matte finish so I don't polish it.

    Works great for reducing fingerprints and dirt.
  5. Never used car wax myself but, I know a guitar player who used Turtle wax on his guitar
    didn't seem to hurt the finish at all and it was a Gibson Les Paul 1970 something
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I use some blue stuff...can't recall the name but it comes highly recommended here on the boards. I ran my bass 50 times through a car wash and it still shines like new!

  7. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Some car waxes smell like they have petroleum based solvents in them.

    Would these be compatible with nitro?

    Would they tend to cause clear poly to turn yellow?
  8. I've always used Meguiar's Cleaner Wax on both my bass and my car. It's always worked great.
  9. Leadfoot


    Sep 3, 2011
    I use either Adams or Meguiar's quick detail spray on my poly-finish MIM JB. It is lighter than a typical car wax. I spray on and wipe with a microfiber towel. It removes my sweat stains, cleans, wont scratch and leave a nice shine.
  10. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    I use mothers too!!!...paste type...its 100% Carnuba wax...but when I apply to a new bass I always use it in an inconspicuous place first...I've never had issues !!
  11. +1 Me Too! Stuff stinks though, but it does work better than anything else.
  12. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I use car wax, I also use Meguir's scratch-x for fixing up any minor blemishes. It works on both poly and nitro, and it works great.
  13. livingstone


    Jun 15, 2007
    Oneonta NY
    Butcher's Bowling Alley Wax for me--suggested by Michael Tobias. Somehow feels safer to me than car wax.
  14. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    I've never used car wax...but I use rubbing compound on my 2 nitro finished basses. Works quite well :smug:
  15. LordRyan


    Dec 9, 2012
    Liquid Glass works like car wax and produces a deeper shine.
  16. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I've been using Ordinary Turtle Wax paste car wax for years on poly finishes and never a problem, but only if I've got the bass stripped down. Otherwise I wipe it down with a cotton handkerchief after I'm done playing.

    after the body is bare, I clean it with a good douche of window cleaner to get any gunk off, let it dry, then apply the wax with (dampened) applicator that comes with the wax. Says don't let it dry before you wipe it off, but it won't hurt unless you slather it on. I put on just enough to tell it's on there.
  17. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    The body of my bass is finished only in oil and minwax on top. No, it doesn't really protect from dings, but I love the look.
  18. i've done this!;)
  19. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Cars were painted with nitro for over 50 years. I works fine. Carnauba wax is one of the best, but the solvent is usually mineral spirits, or something similar.
  20. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    I started using Meguire's in the '70s- carnauba wax is really hard to smooth, manually, if it dries completely. I started using Race Glaze about 20 years ago after talking to a guy who owned a body shop. Nice stuff.