nitro lacquer dinging easily

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JLW, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. JLW


    Dec 5, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I did my first ever bass build with nitro lacquer about a week ago. One thing I'm noticing is that it dings really, really easily. Like, I dropped a screw on it from maybe a foot away and it created a dent in the surface. Another time I accidentally *lightly* hit it against the edge of the table and it dinged again. Keep in mind, if I had done the same thing with any of my other production basses (Fenders and Musicmans with poly finishes) there would not even be the slightest hint of a scratch. It's kind of insane.

    I'm wondering if I somehow applied the finish wrong or something? Maybe I did too much sanding sealer? I did about 4 or 5 coats of sanding sealer. Or maybe it's just not done hardening? I sprayed it about two weeks ago.
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Probably isn't fully cured. Hang it up for a while
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  3. Yea it isn't ready with only two weeks. I sprayed a lacquer neck and let it hand for 6weeks before I started gigging it. You might look up reranch and see if they give any recommendations. I'd say a month would be ok though. Lacquer is quite the different animal. Nothing like the polys of today. They will gas for years, ever changing.
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  4. FenderMIA


    Oct 15, 2012
  5. rmars


    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia

    It's been a few years since I painted a body with nitro but depending on temp/humidity it can take quite a long time for the paint to cure. I have done metallic finishes with a lot of clear coat that took a few months before the were ready to be sanded and buffed. IME it will nitro never be as tough as poly but they are fun projects.
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  6. The New American Vintage Series dings very fast, faster than the old series ('62 Jazz and 57/62 Precision). It is sold as a feature, not a bug. Some buyers complained that if you remove the pre-intalled "ashtray" you see traces in the finish.
  7. JLW


    Dec 5, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Okay, thanks guys. I'll leave it alone for a bit.
  8. rmars


    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    If you have any other questions check our Reranch or their forum as JGbassman said. Ridiculous amount of info on finishing over there.
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