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Best way to relic a poly guitar

jazzandmetal?

Supporting Member
Steel wool will just make it look really bad. I wish I knew a secret, but if you MUST relic a poly guitar, heavy duty power tools are your best friend. Why not strip it and refinish it?
 

chucke99

Member
I'd go the other way with a poly guitar: Try to make it look minty by giving it a fantastic polish, and shining up the metal bits.
 
My advice: Don't even try.

The "poly" is catalyzed.....it's more like the "gelcoat on a boat hull" than it is like "a paint job".

If you try to relic it, it (and you, if you don't mind me saying so) will look really silly. A relic job only looks good if it looks "real", and there is simply no way to make a poly guitar look "worn". The finished was designed to resist wear....all you can do is make it look silly.

Maybe a few dents here & there (an honest drop happens now & then, right?), but if you want a "worn" look, forget it.
 

Rosewood

Member
Put just the body in the back of a pickup with several hundred nuts and bolts and drive around for a week, something will happen, just don't what.:cool:
 

DANOCASTER

Silver Supporting Member
From my own personal experience - here's what I would do -

#1 - take the body OFF the guitar

#2- strip all the hardware, etc

#3 - take the guitar OUTSIDE to do this

#4 - lay the body on a firm surface. Wipe off any dirt, etc before this next step

#5 - get a camera - take a pic - put it on Ebay

#6 - buy a different body

:p
 

turtleheadblues

Senior Member
From my own personal experience - here's what I would do -

#1 - take the body OFF the guitar

#2- strip all the hardware, etc

#3 - take the guitar OUTSIDE to do this

#4 - lay the body on a firm surface. Wipe off any dirt, etc before this next step

#5 - get a camera - take a pic - put it on Ebay

#6 - buy a different body

:p
LOL I might just do that.
 
My advice: Don't even try.

The "poly" is catalyzed.....it's more like the "gelcoat on a boat hull" than it is like "a paint job".

If you try to relic it, it (and you, if you don't mind me saying so) will look really silly. A relic job only looks good if it looks "real", and there is simply no way to make a poly guitar look "worn". The finished was designed to resist wear....all you can do is make it look silly.

Maybe a few dents here & there (an honest drop happens now & then, right?), but if you want a "worn" look, forget it.

Could not agree more. If you want a poly guitar to look relic'ed, the easiest way is to trade it in toward a nitro guitar and relic that one :)
 

Polynitro

Member
Isn't the new Custom Shop Yngwie Malmsteen strat finished with Poly? That thing is reliced.
The Joe Strummer is as well but I think the relic is done during finishing...This question comes up quite often and there are ways to do it, several websites etc; Id see what the search function turns up.
 

turtleheadblues

Senior Member
Only reason I ask is that I just got a MIM strat and cant afford a F relic and hate the way new things look. I want to play a Mickey Rourke not a Jonas brother.
 

CharAznable

Member
Only reason I ask is that I just got a MIM strat and cant afford a F relic and hate the way new things look. I want to play a Mickey Rourke not a Jonas brother.
I'd say the guitar has to live the Mickey Rourke life, then. Otherwise it's just the Jonas Brothers with makeup.
 

Polynitro

Member
Only reason I ask is that I just got a MIM strat and cant afford a F relic and hate the way new things look. I want to play a Mickey Rourke not a Jonas brother.
Hmm well Mickey Rourke used to be cute...To follow your analogy could some clever makeup turn a Jonas Bros into 'The Wrestler'?
 
I had a 72 Jazz Bass where the poly had broken off and worn in over the years. It actually looked really cool. Bare wood was showing through. I wouldn't try to get that effect unnaturally though. It seems like the learning curve could be really steep on replicating that look.

 

crifasta

Silver Supporting Member
I'd say the guitar has to live the Mickey Rourke life, then. Otherwise it's just the Jonas Brothers with makeup.
You could pummel one of those Jonas Bros. to make them look like Mickey Rourke. :boxer Same thing with a poly strat - beat it up.
 

buyusfear

Member
I relic'd an poly body and neck with decent results.

I took the guitar appart and first sanded the typical wear marks in, moving from heavy grit, (600 to 300) to finer and finer. I then dinged the guitar randomly and rubbed various things on it like clable ends and such. I then hit it hard with steel woool, 0000, and then proceded to buff the body with a heavy 3M compound. Poly scratches really really easy, but doesn't buff out the same. So with the heavy compound you get a cool patina type effect. I then used graphite to dull the bare wood, both on the body and neck. (you can also use potasium sulfate dilluted in watter to actually oxidize the wood.)
The hardware and bathed in a mixture of Ferric Chloride, or Etchant Solution and water.
And, after having digned it and then puting it out in the cold, I did get some cracks stemming out of the dings.

It works for me,














 
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PedalFreak

Supporting Member
I've dont it before, and it looks nice. It is REALLY HARD to do though. The body that I got someone tried relicing it and it looked bad.

To get finish checking you need to head the body up and then freeze it really fast. Where on a Nitro finish you just freeze it and it finish checks. Really fine sandpaper also. I'll try to get some pics up if I get time.

But my suggestions is the same that others have already said, just get another body, or have it completly refinished in Nitro.
 


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