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Jan 19, 2020 - 12:25:20 PM
9 posts since 1/19/2020


I started playing guitar in 2019. Near the end of the year I got a Republic 810 (steel body). I’ve been playing it for a few months and I love it, except the finish. I’d like it to be able to patina, but there seems to be some sort of coating/paint/not sure. Is it possible to modify this finish without doing damage?

Any tips?


Edited by - Netdewt on 01/19/2020 14:46:32

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:47:45 PM

3150 posts since 7/27/2008

I have no tips for you on how to age a steel finish, but I don't  doubt that if you play it a lot it will eventually  get there on its own - like it's supposed to.

I have heard of utilizing some sort of salted water solution  to age steel, and I'm not familiar with the particulars -  but my gut tells me it's a horrible idea. 

Is it the polished steel finish, or more  more of a satin finish? 

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:04:15 PM



9 posts since 1/19/2020

It’s kind of a brushed look, and there is a slight texture on the surface that makes me think it’s lacquered, but I don’t know. I’m afraid it’s “too perfect” to be bare steel.

I bought the steel body model because I had hoped it would age nicely. They used to have different pictures on their website that showed the steel body with some real patina. Their other models all had obvious “finishes” applied to a brass body.

Mine looks like:

But I wanted and thought I was getting:

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:12:46 AM

206 posts since 9/24/2014

It may be clear coated, whatever it has on it will age naturally if you play it with gusto, especially if you use finger picks. My '36 National was very clean when i got it and the paint wore through fast with the picks.


Edited by - Wildeman on 01/20/2020 00:17:26

Jan 20, 2020 - 6:22:45 AM



9 posts since 1/19/2020

I play with finger picks.

If I can stick with this instrument as I intend to, someday I’ll get a mule tri cone... :)

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