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Fading Fender Finishes

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dje31, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. How's that title for alliteration?

    Anyway, if Olympic White fades to Yellow-ish pus, what does Sonic Blue fade to...?

    What about Arctic White? Does it become Sonic Blue?
  2. For that matter, what does Fiesta Red become? Hooker red? Salmon pink? Pumpkin orange?
  3. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Technically Olympic White doesn't fade it yellows.
  4. Most finishes will yellow. It's the clear coat yellowing. So, you have the combination of yellow top over coloured bottom.
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Sonic blue will turn seafoam greenish
  6. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    The colors don't age so much as the actual nitro clear coat over it. That's what gives them a tint over the years. If you were to finish a bass in nitro and leave out the clearcoat, the color would have a much less drastic change over the years, if much at all.
  7. It depends on the color coat...in the early years at Fender they used both Duco (nitrocelluose) and Lucite (acrylic) for their colors...the Duco would yellow or fade on its own even without the clear coat but the Lucite colors would not. There are some early Olympic White (Lucite) Fenders that never got a clear coat (which is nitro) and are still real white today. On the other hand there are some Fiesta Red (Duco) Fenders that faded or changed quite a bit even though they never got a top clear coat.
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    True. UV plays a big role (as well as smoke) in that too. Different colors will react differently. If I recall, there was never an official "salmon pink" in Fenders/dupont catalogue. It's surmised that it was environmentally affected variations of fiesta red.
  9. Yup..salmon pink, coral or coral pink were never actual Fender colors...just variations of faded Fiesta Red. Sonic Blue typically fades lighter to look almost like white/blue and Lake Placid Blue will usually turn more green and sometimes be mistaken for Ocean Turquoise.
  10. Does the red in old 3 tone sunburst not also fade, leaving it looking more like a 2 tone burst? I'm thinking of Cobain's jag that was more a 2 tone.
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    I have a 2009 sonic blue Squier p. The clear poly topcoat is yellowed. It's beginning to look on the sea foam spectrum. Poly clear coats yellow nicely too.
  12. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Here's my old 63 sonic blue jazz. You can see the aging from where the bridge cover was on.
  13. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Also, I'm pretty sure pickguards were never mint green back in the day. They were white, and the mint color started showing because of the black layer underneath the white.

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