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Tips on how to yellow/age sunburst nitro finish?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Zultan, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    Jun 3, 2007
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    I'm not really digging the yucky looking orange fading into the black and I want to yellow the finish so I can distinctly tell the three colors apart. Relicdeluxe doesn't tell how to do this and I figured you guys could tell me how?
     

  2. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    Bump.. I heard fluorescent lights work? Is that true? Regular sunlight?
     

  3. Axis29

    Axis29 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    There isn't much that's going to age your finish to distinguish the three colors. You could add something on top to age the finish yellower all over, that's about it.

    Flourescent light won't change the finish at all.

    Sunlight will, but it'll take a while! The wood on the neck will darken before the finish over the body.

    You could put amber shellac over top of it or maybe a spray toner, but again, it's only going to yellow everything. And then you'd have to put another layer of finish over top of it again.
     

  4. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    I guess I could pop the neck off real quick and let the body sit outside in direct sunlight for like, 8 hours?
     

  5. PhatTele

    PhatTele Tele-Holic

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    No. Not 8 hours. It's more like months or years. If you want to even bother doing it, you'd probably be better off just leaving guitar in a stand which gets a sun spot somewhere inside the house.
     
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  6. Zultan

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  7. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    Wait.. How the hell does the Fender custom shop do it?
     

  8. hotgoalie11565

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    I've heard of people who buy time in a tanning booth and do it that way. Not sure how well it works, though.
     

  9. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    But Axis29 said fluorescent light does nothing to it.
     

  10. tonar8353

    tonar8353 TDPRI Member

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    If your finish coat is regular high solids nitrocellulose lacquer it will yellow up in the sun or you can use UVB-313 Florescent bulbs. If the finish is some form of water white lacquer or urethane it will probably not yellow the way you want.
     

  11. Zultan

    Zultan Tele-Meister

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    It's nitrocellulose. I guess I'll look into the fluorescent bulbs. How long should it take under the fluorescent light?
     

  12. Axis29

    Axis29 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Tanning beds are not the same as flourescent lights like you have in your house. They emit a different spectrum of light to give you the tan...
     

  13. rjhalsey

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    Order some tinted clear from Guitar Reranch.
     

  14. JeffreyB

    JeffreyB TDPRI Member

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    Okay, so it's 7-8 years later.... Was this thread just never finished or followed up on?
    Anyone know how to turn modern nitro finishes darker and yellow?
    Thanks!
     

  15. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 10, 2013
    CT

  16. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Tele-Holic

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    Yah, if that guitar's been in a sunny spot since '07 I bet it's yellowed quite nicely by now! Not sure about UV tanning beds. Not inconceivable, but not at all certain. For a quickie color change, I think amber clearcoat is the only answer. Guitar ReRanch is still out there, I believe. StewMac has a tinted colorcoat also. Those are for nitro, of course. I wish somebody sold tinted aerosol poyurethane...
     

  17. eclecticsynergy

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    Zombie thread alert.

    But FYI on this subject, my luthier told me about a relic specialist in the Catskills who uses UV lamps to age nitro finishes. Maybe a tanning bed's not so farfetched after all.

    Anybody tried it?
     

  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    A friend finished a Tele body for me and then left it in a window for a couple of months. The finish changed from Daphne Blue to Surf Green. It'll work, but it'll take some time. Reserve July and August.
     

  19. ricksandteles

    ricksandteles Tele-Meister

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    Buy a different guitar....
     

  20. Xtyfighterx

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    Smoke 3 packs a day in your house that should do the trick
     
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