Are nitro finishes not supposed to be glossy?

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    the finish on my 2013 ES-335 is nowhere near as glossy as the finish on my 2016 Gibson SG standard...it actually seems pretty thin... i wonder if this happened over time, i don't remember it being glossy when it was new though.

    the new 2016 ES-335's too seem to have a glossier finish... wonder if the finish specs have changed since 2013.
     
  2. dansworld

    dansworld Gold Supporting Member

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    This is a 1989 Fender AVRI'62. I bought it used a couple of years ago and the nitro finish was dull and covered in a film of "who-knows-what".

    I buffed it out with compound after a good naptha cleaning and it came out pretty glossy.

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  3. SPROING!

    SPROING! Member

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    Nitro can be as glossy or as dull as you like.
     
  4. Starshine

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    I've heard that if you sand and polish the finish before the nitro is reasonably dry, the gloss can fade over time as the finish continues to sink a little. Some rubbing compound and elbow grease should make it as shiny as you want.
     
  5. deadbeat son

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    Is your 2013 ES-335 a satin model?
     
  6. still.ill

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    No it was the regular dot model
     
  7. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    Nitro is inherently "softer" than many other finished, and there can be softer nitro within the family of Nitros, thus normal use will create very fine abrasions, little noticed when new, but becoming more cumulative as time passes...

    Ron Kirn
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2016
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