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I have jaguar project underway and I'm relicing my shinny chrome parts but was wondering how to fade the nitro paint.

I've searched around but most of the info is on how to fade white to yellow. I just want a dull finish on my shinny orange guitar. Is there any technique or process that will dull a nitro finish?
 

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Prolonged exposure to sunlight (or synthetic UV I suppose).

Technically, it's not fading so much as yellowing.
 

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That's what I've been reading. Outside on the deck in the sun for a few hours. I have the body stripped of all the parts.

I don't want to sand the clear off because the nitro finish is already thin enough. Just want to take the shine down a few notches. I have the orange, I want it dull like the second pic, obviously not blue, just duller if that's even a word.

 

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Best bet I can think of is high grit sandpaper, 1500-2000. It will take some gloss off, and make a bit of dust, but you’d really have to go HARD to remove any significant amount of finish. Just a lightly damp cloth after to remove the dust.

EDIT I just noticed the cracking in the finish, dust might get in ther that may be undesirable, dunno.

I use 1000 on the back of gloss necks...they soon gloss up again, from hand movement, but don’t have any stickiness, makes them much faster playing for me.
 

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Micromesh should dull the shine down if you forget to buff when you are done.
 

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Yes that's what I found out after a few videos. Micro mess 3200 grit should take the shine down.
 

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Some time in the sunlight will fade it. Mine has faded quite a bit over the past couple of years just sitting around the house...much like the missus :D
 

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Some 0000 steel wool lubricated with paste wax will take the sheen down, if you are having a hard time finding micro mesh.

Keep in mind, with any technique you use the sheen will come back in time as it rubs on your hand, arm, shirt, etc. this is because it was finished with clear gloss (lacquer, poly, etc). To get a satin finish that will stay satin, it needs to be sprayed with a satin finish - ie, one that has flattening agents added.
 

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Ah, nitro yellowing is not the same as taking the gloss down a notch.
 

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Yes I picked up 0000 steel wool just now. Micro mesh in my area has to be ordered. The shine coming back I'm fine with. Like the epiphone goth series guitars. Thanks guys for the help. I'll post pics of the progress.
 

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Yes I picked up 0000 steel wool just now. Micro mesh in my area has to be ordered. The shine coming back I'm fine with. Like the epiphone goth series guitars. Thanks guys for the help. I'll post pics of the progress.

Sounds good. Be sure to lubricate the steel wool, otherwise it will just scratch. Scotchbrite pads (from Lee Valley or the like, not the ones from the grocery store) are a great option too. Furniture paste wax is a good lubricant.
 

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I had Johnsons brand paste wax that I had at home. Thought it was turtle wax. It turned out pretty good. Still have to blend in the massive chipped away section. Clean off the acid from the parts. Just a rough put together right now.
 

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