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Love white hate yellow. How long do I have?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by birminghambass, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Title says it all. How long until my/your white poly finished bass turns to that disgusting yellowy cream color?
  2. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    Depends on how much cigarettes are around it!

  3. Miskatonic


    Sep 15, 2009
    Portland, OR
    And with most places banning smoking indoors, you should be golden. :D

    Seriously though, my dad's workhorse in the 70's was an oly white p bass. Lots of bar gigs and lots of smoke. It had built up one hell of a patina. He hadn't wiped it down with a cleaner for about 15 years. The day he did he regretted it badly as he had become accustomed to the color.

    The point of this anecdote is this: Even after so much build up, he was able to pretty much get the bass back to original color with little effort.

    There are a few other factors that may come into play with your finish, but a poly finish shouldn't be much of an issue to be concerned about.
  4. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Seriously? Never considered that. Always thought it was just natural fading that caused it.
  5. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Phew, thought this was going to be another of those racialist threads.

    It can vary a lot. Keeping them out of the sun is good.
  6. Yeah, keep it out of the sun, out of smoky environments, and in its case when not in use, it could stay white for a very long time.

    I have a 20-year-old Rickenbacker 4003 in white that is still as bright as the day it was brand new.
  7. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Sun won't be a problem. None of my basses smoke, they have been know to drink too much though. Keeping it in a case just won't do, if they're not in my hands they're hanging on the wall.
  8. In that case it's unlikely it will ever discolor. Even if you were gigging every night it would take a long time for a modern bass to yellow.
  9. So much hate in the world....I love that creamy pudding color.
    But seriously...the poly won't yellow much at all unless it has a nitrocellulose top coat.
  10. Poly doesn't yellow like Nitro. It takes MUCH longer for any discoloration to be noticeable.
  11. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Yeah, I don't really see it.

    My '72 Precision I've had since '73 and it's been in the case pretty much the whole time and it's severely yellowed, and I mean severely. Never been around a cigarette.

    So, take the previous comments with a grain of salt.
  12. ^ this
  13. The undercoat and color coat is poly but the top coat on your '72 is probably nitro...Fender used nitro top coats well into the 70's.
  14. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    The yellowing is a product of finish oxidation and the degenerative effects of UV light. The whole "cigarette smoke" thing is false.

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