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2019 Les Paul Classic Binding Discoloration

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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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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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Maybe try wearing an arm sleeve to avoid skin contact. That's saved the finish on mine.

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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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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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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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