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2019 Les Paul Classic Binding Discoloration

#1 User is offline   0x70dd 

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 06:46 AM

I just noticed that the edge of the binding my 2 month old Les Paul Classic started turning dark gray where my strumming hand meets the body.

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I have a very dry skin and I suspect maybe some of my moisturizers might be the culprit. I'd like to figure out what might have caused it to avoid further damage. Anyone else experienced similar thing?
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Posted 24 April 2019 - 08:38 AM

I would be VERY careful with those moisturizer getting on the nitro finish. I would think you could polish that discoloration out.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:04 AM

Maybe try wearing an arm sleeve to avoid skin contact. That's saved the finish on mine.
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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:47 AM

I would try some Virtuoso polish. It can work wonders on nitro finish.

When I'm done playing I wipe down with a damp, warm, soft cotton cloth. But If it's the moisturizer doing it, I'd just wash it off before I play.
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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:08 AM

You didn't think Pete Townsend's overalls were a style statement did you?

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:46 PM

 Big Bill, on 24 April 2019 - 08:38 AM, said:

I would be VERY careful with those moisturizer getting on the nitro finish. I would think you could polish that discoloration out.

Bill I thought you lubed up with moisturizer all over your body before you play in the buff.
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Posted 26 April 2019 - 07:37 AM

View Postmerciful-evans, on 24 April 2019 - 11:08 AM, said:

You didn't think Pete Townsend's overalls were a style statement did you?

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Yes, he was extremely careful about the finish on his guitar. Right before he smashed it.
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Posted 26 April 2019 - 07:58 AM

Moisturizers and nitro sounds like a bad combo (or a peculiar Pride Parade anthem). Bet that's the culprit.

I wouldn't worry about it though. They say exposure is the key to curing OCD, and after a few dates abroad I'd gone from scrutinizing to "well, there's still a NEST in the amp but I think we lost the bats near Belgium, so it's all good. And no fungi on most of the fretboard. All set!" Highly recommended.
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