Is there a way to restore a Pearloid Finish??

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Is there a way to restore a Pearloid Finish??

Post by GtrGeorge! on Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:51 pm

I bought my Pantera X300 off flea-bay and its quite a bit yellow.....started out as Pearloid back in the day...
is there a way to RESTORE a Pearloid finish? (Short of a total body refinish???)

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Post by Westbone on Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:22 am

No, not really. Could try a good fine rubbing compound and take a micron off the lacquer, might help a bit. Wouldn't harm it.

Personally I like the yellowed effect. Have a Thunder II that's yellowed. Gives it a nice 'warm' look.

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Post by Barry on Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:16 am

What Damian said.
Most folks seem to like the mellow yellow look over the white. Gives it some character methinks.

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Post by GtrGeorge! on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:27 pm

...I dunno....

my x300 looks a little to much like URINE-Yellow, ya know?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:30 pm

a mild diluted bleach, wipe on with a clean cloth, wash off.
this technique cleaned all the yellow off one of my old pearloid guitars, came up beautifully.
or failing that you could just use a mild detergent and lots of elbow grease, but that yellowed look on pearloid is rather nice, my Sunn Mustang has it and I wouldnt remove it.

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Post by Barry on Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:13 am

Keep in mind that this finish is catalyzed polyurethane, not your average polyethylene type "plastic". Bleach might help with surface brightening but it likely will not penetrate. If the discolouration is deeper, you'll need to follow Damian's advice.

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Post by GtrGeorge! on Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Im a thinkin about the bleach.

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Post by The Chad on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:36 am

Test in an inconspicuous areas first, obviously. Can't wait to see what happens! Take detailed pics for the good of the group.

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Post by Barry on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:11 am

GtrGeorge! wrote:Im a thinkin about the bleach.
Well, if it doesn't work, at least it's "sanitized for your protection". clown

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Post by jim on Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:35 am

Urine! Now that's a bloody brilliant name for a guitar and so much better than Patsy or Angela or Priscilla! Like everybody seems to favour. I for one kinda like it. I'dd live with it pirat play some stinky guitar!

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:59 pm

who the hell names their guitars these days? I thought that palarva stopped with BB King!
calling a guitar URINE is just taking the piss!

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Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:01 am

Bleach, the new guitar polish!

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Re: Is there a way to restore a Pearloid Finish??

Post by light01 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:31 pm

i've been looking for ways to restore a pearloid finish. good thing i read this thread Smile

Thank you for your recommendations Very Happy

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Re: Is there a way to restore a Pearloid Finish??

Post by GtrGeorge! on Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:05 pm

I tried windex...no results at all. I tried bleach on a rag...no results at all.
Apparently the yellowing happened to the paint under the laquer..so its permanent unless I want to refinish this guitar.

I may just heavily modify this guitar anyway...making it into a TrevRabin Sig...
although thats a HEAVY lift.
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Re: Is there a way to restore a Pearloid Finish??

Post by Barry on Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:44 am

Unless I'm wildly mistaken (hey, it's been known to happen!) the colour should be solid throughout the finish--catalyzed polyethylene ("Imron").

Uncle Mats didn't use a sealer (lacquer) over a colour in his gits, which is the reason for the recommendation above to use a fine rubbing compound. You may still find it's yellowed through, but at least that's the more correct approach. Wink

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