How to remove glossy areas on Ibanez RGD2127 satin body?

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  1. ehsanimn

    ehsanimn Ehsan Imani

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    Hi, I got my Ibanez RGD2127z a couple of months ago, and as you can see, I have a small glossy area on the satin body between the pickups at the bottom of the first string.
    Since I love the satin look, I'm thinking about any possible way of removing the glossy area are getting the matte look back. I've heard about using 0000 steel wool, could it damage the body? Any tip from you would be really appreciated.

    And I'm afraid that, if I've got a glossy area after 2 months, what could I get after years? A full glossy guitar?! how can I prevent such thing from happening?

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    Sunyata Bro Story Cool

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    This is a problem with matte finish guitars. I don't really think you can get that out. It'll only wear where you put your hands most however. Might be wrong though...
     
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    vampiregenocide A Chap Called Ross

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    I think it's just something that comes with the territory I'm afraid man.
     
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    Human skin is destructive. I don't think there is a fix for this without refinishing the guitar.
     
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    JPhoenix19 Playing life by ear

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    I'm in the same boat with my RGD7421... I'm considering putting a faux pick guard or something to cover the gloss spots- or just rub the whole thing a lot until it's all glossy. It's a shame because I think satin finishes are the best.
     
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    ehsanimn Ehsan Imani

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    I've just read some threads about people who used a 0000 steel wool, or a fine sand paper to give a satin look to their glossy finish guitars. mostly in Martin guitar forums. I thought it may work about my issue.
     
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    arcadia fades SS.org Regular

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    have you tried cleaning it with a damp micro fibre cloth?
     
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    ehsanimn Ehsan Imani

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    ^you're not wiping something off it

    A satin finish is just a gloss finish that hasn't been buffed out to a complete gloss, and by rubbing your not-perfectly-smooth skin over it you eventually buff the satin. I had the same with my SLSMG before I stripped it, I got a wood worker friend of mine to sand it as if it were going to be satin, and it came out perfect. He did the whole thing though, don't be tempted to just do the glossed spots or do it cheap or half arsed.

    Very very fine steel wool or micromesh will do it, make sure you know exactly what you're doing before you start, don't just go all Rambo on the front just to realise its fucking up your finish.
     
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    ehsanimn Ehsan Imani

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    Thanks, so I'll make a guitar hardware tech do it.
     
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    Rook Electrifying

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    Probably best :)
     
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    infernalservice SS.org Regular

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    I have seen people use a high grade scotch brite pad to bring the matte back.
     
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    Wow I was just glancing across the forums and saw this.

    I have the same issue on mine so I'll have to work on that too...thanks for posting this thread AND thanks to you guys who responded with answers.
     
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    You could prolly save a bunch doing it yourself. Make sure to use 0000 grade steel wool. Tape off any hardware so you don't scratch it. Start very lightly and do a little at a time. I've been thinking of doing the same to my neck.
     
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    I am no guitar tech, but isn't this corrosive? So, how many times will you be able to do that until you reach bare wood? Just asking.
     
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    the RGD matte finish is SUPER thin, it flakes off if you so much as lightly knock it. so. once? if that?

    i'm considering actually re-finishing my RGD as there's already a few chips in the paint! ARGH!. i've got to the point where im just going to play the balls off it and not worry about the finish :)
     
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    ehsanimn Ehsan Imani

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    You're totally right. Last night a friend of mine wanted to test drive my RGD. He has very sweaty hands and didn't play with the guitar more than 3 minutes but after that my new strings immediately sounded dead and I got some new glossy areas on the body!
    If I can't turn back the matte finish more than a couple of times so there is no point cause it will always happening. So I decided to get along with it and not worry. I may make the body refinished after some years.
     

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