Does polyurethane wear off guitar?

Polyester and polyurethane guitar finishes are also more resistant to general wear, meaning that scratches and dings are harder to see and inflict. Poly finishes can remain shiny even after decades of use, and don’t fade away in the areas that you’d typically make contact with.

Will a poly guitar age?

Nitro finishes are much thinner though (right?) and therefore should age quite quickly anyway if you play the guitar reguarly.

Does poly finish effect tone?

One longstanding claim in particular is that the finish affects the tone, with nitro finishes being at the top of the tone heap and poly finishes at the bottom because of their supposed blanketing effect. But the real problem for tone on a solid body is not whether it’s nitro or poly, but how well it’s applied.

When did Fender switch to Poly finishes?

Fender introduced polyurethane finishes (often shortened to “urethane”) on its instruments in the late 1960s; allowing a glossier, more even finish by replacing multiple layers of nitro clear coating with a mere two layers of aliphatic urethane.

Is polyurethane better than polyester?

Polyurethane elastomers can withstand continuous use up to 194°F (90°C). Flame retardants may be added to the formulation, if required. Both polyester and polyether urethanes perform well at high temperatures. But polyesters are better able to withstand high temperatures longer and are more resistant to heat aging.

Does refinishing a guitar affect its sound?

If the original refinish involved the removable of too much wood (a truly bad thing), the instrument actually often sounds better after refinishing. In fact, this (really bad) practice was occasionally used in the past in order improve the sound — the problem of course is that it could destabilize the top.

What guitar finish does Taylor use?

Gloss Finish Other than varnished guitars (Baby, GS Mini, Academy Series, 100 Series), all of our guitars are sprayed with UV-cured polyester — at least to form the base coat over the paste-filled surface.

Does polyester polyurethane peel?

PU resins are made of a soft polymer and unlike vinyl don’t need added plasticizers. Because no plasticizers are used in PU upholstery there is no cracking or peeling, and it remains soft and supple for the duration of time it remains on the furniture. PU fabrics are also easier to decorate.