How to clean gummy haze from Nitro finish

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  1. Nickweissmusic

    Nickweissmusic Knows all intervals from one Fred, to Juan octave Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I teach lessons and perform live music in and around San Diego CA. Sometimes I even make money doing it!
    Here's a video I shot in response to a question I've seen a lot, without many clear or accurate answers about how to deal with it. I'm by no means a finishing expert, so any other hints are welcome. This is a total of under $30 worth of supplies for a multi-year supply (not counting old t-shirt), so economy is a factor too. Do you have a system that works as easily for less?

  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You're on the right track with the naptha. I like the 3M Finesse-it II better than the Meguiar products.

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  3. Warhawk

    Warhawk Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    South of Heaven, Ohio
    Nitrocellulose lacquer was used on cars before acrylics so I'd look into what antique car collectors use to clean original finishes.

    If naphtha is the proper cleaner you can get a quart at a home center store (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) for a lot less per ounce than what lighter fluid costs.

    I've used the Meguiar products and like them. I've not used the product Zooberwerx mentioned but everything I've used from 3M has been excellent.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Agree on the 3M finesse-it II, and here's a reminder that if you're going to go swabbing that instrument down with naphtha, go outside and do it where there is plenty of ventilation.
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