Refretted maple neck: how long before I play on the refin?

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  1. randy morser

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    Just had a maple Tele neck refretted. I wouldn't think that I should play on it the day after spraying but the guy says its cool. That true? Doesn't it have to cure?

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  2. Dog Boy

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    Personally I'd give it two or three weeks at least.
     
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    Have you seen them damaged that way before?
     
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    No, because I won't play them sooner.
    Actually, it depends what it's finished with.
    Lacquer can take a month to get hard. Polyurethane spray stays wet and sticky for six+ hours but once is fully hard within a few days.
    Catalyzed polyester is hard as soon as they turn the UV on it.
     
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    How long should nitrocellulose cure before playing on it?
     
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    When I had my Tele refretted, the luthier kept it for two months for the nitro to set.
    Coastal high humidity was the reason. He said if we were in the desert it would only take one month.
     
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    Generally, if you can press your fingernail into the lacquer, it's not hard enough & needs more cure time. Also, depends on the type of lacquer being used & the humidity where you live. I've sprayed necks w/ Deft lacquer, rubbed them out & played them that very same nite....
     
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    Maybe he sprayed poly instead of nitro.
     
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    Polywhat? Is that better or worse than nitro?
     
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    I meant, maybe he sprayed polyurethane instead of nitrocellulose.

    If you don't know the difference, or if you didn't specify with the refrett-er, I would not assume it's nitro.

    Only you can decide if it's better, or worse, it's your guitar.
     
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    Assuming it's nitro, it's probably hard enough to play on after a couple of days. You wouldn't be able to level and buff that soon, but general handling and playing is fine. I'd maybe not store it in the case for a couple of weeks, unless you don't mind the case smelling a bit like lacquer. It's not a bad smell...sort of like Rustoleum, or nail polish.
     

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