• The Gear Page Apparel & Merch Shop is Open!

    Based on member demand, The Gear Page is pleased to announce that our Apparel Merch Shop is now open. The shop’s link is in the blue Navigation bar (on the right side), “Shop,” with t-shirts, hats, neck buffs, and stickers to start. Here’s the direct link: www.thegearpageshop.com

    You’ll find exclusive high-quality apparel and merchandise; all items are ethical, sustainably produced, and we will be continuously sourcing and adding new choices. 

    We can ship internationally. All shipping is at cost.


Nitro finish - how to make it shine?

ryan80

Member
Messages
171
I have a honey blond Highway one strat and a daphne blue strat body that will soon be a partscaster. Both have a nitro finish and I am wondering how I should polish them up. I have been playing the honey blond for about a year, and some areas are definitely shinier than others, but I would prefer it is even. The daphne blue has not been played yet and is still pretty flat looking.

Let me be clear, I don't want to relic at all. I want to make them shine. It is just a fender polish cloth and some elbow grease, or what? Thanks in advance.
 
Messages
23,951
Both excellent recommendations. Some of these Highway One bodies are more nubbly than others. You may have to go over some (I did on 1 of 4) with 2000 wet or dry paper (I used mineral spirits), then polishing compound, then Meguiar's polish and finally over to the chemical process with the Scratch X. I think I'd try a section in Scratch X first, but it is expensive.
 

JDouglee

Member
Messages
1,959
I just use the stock Gibson restorative cream, works great. Not even much elbow grease
is needed.
 

Blue4Now

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
5,029
I just had nice results with a few rounds of Virtuoso polish. Not mirror smooth but a nice improvement and a bit vintage looking
 

gkoelling

Member
Messages
17,212
I used Scratch-X on a Hwy 1 Tele body and it did shine up decently. It isn't as glossy as a true gloss finish but it's nicer than what I started with.

I could go back and try Boris' suggestions but it's not that important to me.

Good luck with your project.

EDIT: I used a rag and elbow grease, then tried an electric buffer. The elbow grease worked just as well.
 




Trending Topics

Top