Nitro Bass Finish gummy on bottom

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  1. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Pulled out today Nitro Bass stored in Protec bag standing up in closet

    Bottom was gummy and finish could be rubbed off. Seems gassed somehow

    Suggestions to adress?

  2. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    sue! :thumbsup:
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    How old is the bass, and who did the finish work?
  4. Kahrmine


    May 25, 2013
    Perhaps the case/bag is near some source of moisture or heat? Nitro is very responsive to the environment.

    I would try some Vitruoso polish on it. That stuff worked excellent on my old Les Paul's nitro finish where it would get gummy where my hand would lay over the body.
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  5. Kahrmine


    May 25, 2013
    What has she got to do with it?
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  6. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Has been hot here and in glass apt building where air has been switched to likely the issue

    Appreciate suggestions like Virtuoso
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    A picture would help, Nitro doesn't like plastic among other things. What's a protec bag?
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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Protec is a brand of firm foam case.
  9. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    It's not a she. It's "A Boy Named Sue".
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  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I hear she is kind of gummy and sticky.
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  11. It could be the nitro reacting with the foam in the gig bag. Nitro does not like certain foams and will "melt" on contact with it. This is why you can only use certain guitar stands with nitro basses and you'll sometimes see tape or a sock over the foam padding.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I 2nd the polish, a good carnuba wax will do.
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  13. I would probably not put it in the case again without confirming with Protec that it is nitro safe. There's always a chance that the nitro didn't cure properly but it stands to reason that the finish is mushy in that location because that is the spot that bears the most weight when it's sitting unused. I left a nitro finished bass on a synthetic blanket and the fiber pattern got "burned" into the finish in one spot.
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  14. Siggy


    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Nitro doesn't silicone polishes either. It makes it gummy
  15. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Good feedback thanks. I used to keep it in a mono and then switched it out to the Contego very recently. Had for two years+ wo an issue

    At same time been overheated where I store it....for now put back where it came from
  16. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    let hang in the open and air dry for a while ... then try to polish ..

    i hang all my basses ... maybe figure out a way to hang them in the closet .. ?
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  17. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I bought a bass a while back mid summer and when I got it, the nitro was gummy.

    Cotton t shirt cloths and naphtha smoothed out and dried it up perfectly. Use caution and ventilate well.
  18. Acoop


    Feb 21, 2012
    I'm surprised no one asked the obvious "How long was it in the closet, weeks, months, years?" ... Do you live in an apartment you don't control the heat? ... That's a guess because something softened the finish and heat does that very well.
  19. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    it's the case (as stated above). I had it happen from the guitar stand. I smoothed it out as best as I could and let it "re-cure), then buffed it with some rubbing compound. Was not 100%, but you would have to look hard to find it if you didn't know where it happened.
  20. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I used to know a gal named Boy.
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