Poly does age.. Sort of...

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  1. rlongnt

    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    When I swapped out my standard tuners for locking tuners I noticed the color on poly does change. Slowly of course. This American Standard was made in April 2014 and I took this photo in March of 2020. It’s not a lot but it is noticeable. Maybe plant lights on it 24x7 for a decade would do more… LOL

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  2. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I had an old '89 Strat Plus with a Poly finish, and age plus years of playng in bars filled with cigarette smoke turned the headstock almost light brown. That guitar didn't smell particularly great either.
     
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    The finish on my 04 MIM (metallic blue/greeny job) had darkened considerably, to my surprise, when I took the pickguard off prior to selling it in about 2016.
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Poly definitely ages. I've been know to keep necks in the window for how ever long it takes to make that honey color.
     
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    I’ve got a couple of MIA Fenders that are now over 20 years old. They’ve spent most of their lives in cases (never on a stand for more than 20 minutes) and have never seen direct sunlight, yet the necks have darkened over the years.

    Perhaps poly oxidizes? Mine didn’t darken due to light.
     
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  6. AlexJCRandall

    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

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    Everything ages....
    Where on earth did you get the idea that it doesn't fullstop.
     
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    My Strat is 3 yrs old with polyurethane body and neck and it’s most definitely definitely darker
     
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    Oh damn. Now there you go reminding me of it just when I nearly forgotten I just had another birthday about a month ago. :( :D
     
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    HA! Mine is coming up in exactly one month...gonna be 48:eek:

    Happy Belated Birthday!:thumb:
     
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    oh yeah, take off the neck on any strat that's over a decade old. You can see, if you look where it goes in the neck pocket, what it looked like when new, versus now. Usually quite a bit darker.

    Everything changes with time. Finished Maple turns browner with age, for sure.
     
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    Usually notice it on white bodies... wonder if it can happen to other colors..
     
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  12. DJGranite

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    2003 American Series Strat.... I think it looks like the poly is ageing

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    Paperback Rocker Intruder alert! Intruder alert! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That could be the wood or the paint under the topcoat changing colors.

    Hard to tell if it's actually the clear coat yellowing without disecting it.
     
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    EC Strat-boy Senior Stratmaster

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    Most definitely- my guitar is / was Torino red. Much darker shade now in not very much time
     
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    And the same to you my brother except I stopped counting mine 20 years ago when I turned 48.

    I developed this theory that if you don't celebrate them they only count half. My body disagrees though. ;)
     
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  17. BlurgyWurgyWibble

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    The modern stuff is more stable but still ages. UV seems to do the trick for me. I leave mine out on the bench in the garden when its really blazing. :)

    Plastics still age like crazy on new ones:

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    I got my guitar Refinished in metalflake blue in 2018, which was buried in poly clear coat and in only 2 years there’s a visible difference behind the scratchplate.

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    My 30-year-old Squier body has got some pretty crazy aging going on:

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  20. Opj77

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    Poly will crack as well. It looks different front checking but still cool looking.
     
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