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Brown shoe polish in the neck?

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  1. Tdurden032

    Tdurden032 Strat-Talker

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    Sounds totally crazy, but was actually considering using brown shoe polish to vintage up my neck a bit - what do you all think??
     

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    Buy a rosewood neck.
     
  3. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I tried that on an Austin strat back in 2003 or so, worked well enough.
     
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  4. brians

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    No, use it on your shoes rather.


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    usul1978 Guitar bricolo

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    Don't do it.
     
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    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    Does the tin say " brown shoe polish - also can be used on guitar necks "

    If it does , then rock on !


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    Thrup'ny Bit is no longer legal tender Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I did it to an acoustic back in 1979. It doubled the price I was offered for it. :D
     
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    On what? is that an Affinity Strat?
     
  10. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    just do a good job with the wax off part or you will have shoe polish on your fingers when you play.
     
  11. Tdurden032

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    That’s hilarious - thanks for the input - I don’t want to get crazy but would like to age the neck a bit without getting in to an overly complicated process...
     
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    Easiest process is to play it, and set aside the next ten years , you will be rewarded , but then you will have to refret it.

    If you go the other way , everyone is going to say " hey dude , how come you played that so hard and the frets are still new ."

    Busted, and you will feel like a turkey.

    It's just the way of the guitar.


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  13. Mike Furlong

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    Am I missing something here? Surely that maple neck has a varnish finish. How can shoe polish colour the wood?
     
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  14. AlexJCRandall

    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

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    Shoe polish is actually one of those little tricks that some builders use to make rosewood boards get that played in look old braz on vintage guitars has.

    It might effect the clear a bit or it might not. Its a bit like a wax, in that it sits on top of the finish and fills in little holes/imperfections to make the finish seem more smooth than it is. The worst outcome maybe could be if it had an effect but randomly.

    What happens when you refret an old guitar......surely you get the same comments.
    Or people might not care really because its really not that important.....or their business in the first place.
     
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    The finish is so thin and porous it will take on the color for a while.....it's not like on higher gloss necks like on higher end Squiers or Fender....it's super thin.....
     
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    Thanks for the info. I haven't come across this before. I do set ups etc, repairs and builds but not artificial ageing. Now "road worn" that's different that's patina. Nothing personal that's just me liking things to look what they are.
     
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    Boil it!
     
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    Use Kiwi brand polish it will work fine unless the neck has been finished in thick poly. Put on a little bit at a time and rub it in hard then buff it with a clean cloth and repeat until you get the desired tint. Done this on a few strats and no issues with it coming off on your fingers.
     
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    You should check Youtube ... on how 2 relic guitars...
     
  20. SpeedKing

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    Same here Antstrat.

    Modern satin Affinity necks take it well. Looks much better after and leaves no residue to discolour fingers once it's properly rubbed in. Put on as many times as necessary till you have the result required.

    It won't work on anything other than a satin finish though as far as I'm aware.
     
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