Get rid of the sticky feeling without removing the finish on the back of the neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B-Mac, Nov 1, 2020.

  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I like a thin satin finish for a fast feeling neck. However, of my basses that have a gloss finish on the back of the neck I just can't do the sand paper/steel wool thing...just can't do it.

    Jump to time mark 11:20 for an alternative. :)
    I've been looking for this vid forever to post here on TB

  2. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I've been using that for years. It's a great fix for heavy finish necks. It brings an aged poly finish to life, too.
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  3. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Taking fine sandpaper to tue backs of new nacks on any bass I get is part of the fun. I love the feel of satin or oil finish.

    But if pure carnauba wax gets it done for you....:thumbsup:
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  5. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Re-apply pure carnuba wax after every gig?!?! Sorry, but if I were you I'd get over my aversion to sand paper or steel wool pretty darn quick.
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  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    yup, sounded good at first, but no. a green scrubby does well enuf
  7. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Green scotch bright for me , works great .
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Wet-sand w/ 1500 grit and mineral oil. Clean up with paper towels and naptha. Apply high-quality guitar wax.

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  9. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    What about nitrocellulose?

    My bass is sticky and I try buffing daily.

    been at it for almost 2 months.

    Any suggestions?

    Green Scotchbrite?
  10. MisterUbu


    Feb 25, 2020
    Toronto, Canada
    I usually just go for a blue scotchbrite pad for several passes, in my case unless I feel my hand sticking to the back of the neck glossy finishes aren't something that really bother me as much as they should. The only catch is that you'd have to keep going at it over a period of time because necks tend to get glossy over time
  11. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    I’ve used Gliptone Carnuba paste wax to get a real slippery waxy feel. Holds up pretty well after 3 - 4 coats as a base. The new Gibson spray wax is also a nice formula but not as slippery.
  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    400 grit, a few minutes, you're done for a very long time. You don't have to remove the finish, just scratch it real good - the finish on a Fender is so thick there's very little danger of breaking through if you don't work at it too much.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2020
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  13. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Just realized that every bass I have has a raw wood neck save for my Steinberger, which doesn’t for obvious reasons.

    I’ve only had one instrument where the finish on the neck was annoying, and about 15 minutes with a cabinet scraper fixed that.
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  14. Spects01


    Feb 13, 2020
    0000 steel wool
    Quick, easy, effective.
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  15. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    If you don’t want to mess with a gloss neck wipe your left hand down with denatured alcohol before you play. Removing all the skin oils and moisture will stop it from sticking. The tradeoff is dry cracked skin if you play very often.
    I use a worn out green scotchbrite pad. Make a few passes, wipe it down and let it dry then play it. Repeat until you are happy with the result.
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  16. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Personally, I find a clean glass neck plays as well as a satin, but yeah, a scotch brite pad will knock the sheen down safely
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  17. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Vaseline, or any guitar lubricant (like GHS Fast-Fret for example), will make you glide effortlessly over any neck. It's cheap and it's not messy.
  18. Jonathan C

    Jonathan C Supporting Member

    May 31, 2016
    Holbrook, NY
    Just buy some mineral oil at the pharmacy, it's the same as GHS Fast Fret and some of the other cleaners. I read that here ;)
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  19. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Yes, but mineral oil is liquid so it's less convenient.
  20. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Big fan of the USA Lakland style neck treatment. The steps are in the Lakland Owners’ thread on here if you search. I do it to all my basses.
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