Polishing a '69 SG ...

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  1. Hola Vibrola

    Hola Vibrola Member

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    any suggestions as to what's best to use, and any definite don't uses, for types of polishes for a '69, that has considerable checking? Would a '69 have a nitrocellulose finish? I have on hand a clean-and-polish spray, cleanish-white, UV block, non silicone, for finished/sealed wood. Thanks for any input.
     
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    Congrats on owning a 69 sg! Yes, it would be a nitro finish.

    I personally never polish my guitars, I just clean them. With a vintage guitar, I first use naphtha and /or a little bit of Virtuoso guitar cleaner to clean away years of gunk.

    After that, I just wipe down with a damp micro fiber rag occasionally and polish with a dry cotton one...
     
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    Same advice. I would never try to polish my '67 special. Once it has aged and checked, I wouldn't do more than a wipe down with a dry cloth. Old nitro does some weird stuff. If you try naphtha or anything else along those lines, test a very small patch somewhere that won't cause you distress if it goes south. I say leave it like it is. Some guys pay a lot of money to make a new guitar look like yours does naturally.
     
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  4. Hola Vibrola

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    thanks for the reply; just to clarify this is a guitar that I've been getting up and running for a friend, that sat in a closet for probably 30 years or so. So yeah I wouldn't want anything to go wrong in trying to spruce it up, as it's pretty darned good as is, i.e. no gunk etc. So I think I'll just go with the damp/dry cloths and call it good!
     
  5. Hola Vibrola

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    That is a very good point lol, although other than the considerable checking this one's not nearly as distressed as some of the ones done artificially. So yes just a cloth wipe-down and Ill leave it at that. Thanks for weighing in!
     
  6. Bad Penguin

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    Slightly damp rag, micro fiber cloth, elbow grease. Boom, done.
     
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  7. papagayo

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    Can you post pictures? It will be better to have an advice.
     
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  8. Hola Vibrola

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    Thank you papagayo, there are a few pics posted in the Vintage SG forum, under 'Newbie here - "69 SG hardware question". Also here's one of the backside, I couldn't get the light to hit it well enough to show the extensive zebra-like checking lines.

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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Very clean SG !
     
  10. Daniel.S

    Daniel.S Well-Known Member

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    Be careful buffing it too hard as it’ll leave micro scratches everywhere. :)
     
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  11. Gibbo SG

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    As far as a don't-use, I would not use Glade, Pledge, Formby's or any common household furniture polish on that guitar.
     
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    I find Fender's Guitar Cleaner is like a mild wax, it can remove some of the hazing and swirls but isn't like buffing the heck out of it either. Also does a great job removing gunk.
     

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