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Neoprene and nitro finishes

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Showdown, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I have an old guitar stand that I got out of storage. The rubber tube on it had gotten hard and crumbled when I touched it. After removing all of it I replaced it with neoprene from a mouse pad. My question is, will neoprene (cloth side) harm nitro finishes?

    Here is a picture:


    It touches both at the headstock and at the back of the bass.
  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Not sure about that thin cloth backing, but generally, yes, neoprene will eat a nitro finish. Its the offgassing as I understand it. I would avoid it myself, too big a risk...