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Rickenbacker finish rubbing off?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anyonefortennis, Oct 24, 2005.


  1. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    I had my 4003 for almost a year now and I noticed that the finish (midnight blue) is rubbing off in a couple of different places.

    I noticed that the white binding along the neck, right by the fret markers, is turning blue as well as my bass stand.(I could take some shots, it's quite noticeable).

    I really can't tell where the paint is coming from as I see now flaws in the finish as of yet.

    Is this normal? Is the finish going to fade down to the wood eventually?

    Please advice.
     
  2. I have absolutly no Idea on your finish issue. But I do think that ricks with worn finishes are fricken sexy.I say bring on the fade!
     
  3. The_D

    The_D Well, thats like your opinion. Man...

    Mar 20, 2004
    Fife, Scotland
    +5 on the sexy faded look.
     
  4. I know my midnight blue ric is doing the same thing so I'd assume it's fairly normal.
     
  5. pil

    pil

    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK
    I wish mine would...ive grown tired of the colour :meh:
     
  6. Bob the Bass

    Bob the Bass

    Aug 13, 2004
    UK
    No way should this be happening on a Ric as new as yours !!
    What are you using to clean/polish it ?
    What kind of stand are you using (make/style) ?

    Bob :bassist:
     
  7. I know that it's the sweat that does it. I had a particularly sweaty jam session and that's when most of the discoloration of the binding happened. It is only noticable in spots that had contact with my skin. Just wipe your ric down after you're done playing and it should be fine.
     
  8. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Never seen it rub off on my hand though.

    I dont polish that often but I use the gibson kind.

    The stand is an ultra stand, not sure about the model.
     
  9. Bob the Bass

    Bob the Bass

    Aug 13, 2004
    UK
    Ultra stand is fine
    You have to be very careful about what waxes/polishes you use (check the threads in the Rickenbacker Forum :-
    http://www.rickresource.com

    There are some great entries - especially from John Hall CEO of Rickenbacker)

    They ONLY use TurtleWax #123 in the factory - thats what I use :bassist:
     
  10. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Where can I get Turtle WAx?
     
  11. Bob the Bass

    Bob the Bass

    Aug 13, 2004
    UK
    Any car care shop. You don't need to wax it often, once done it should buff up beautifully every time - when it doesn't, its time to wax it again.
    Only use pure cotton to apply, polish & buff your base.
    Do check the threads I mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you avoid polishes that contain silicone or anything nitrous. :bassist: