#1
I spilled a little bit of Tequila on my Gibson J-45. I wiped it off quick with a cloth, but could it do any damage to the wood?

I know..very dumb and careless lol
#2
I would clean the area as well to get rid of any sticky residue, but you should be save.

The liquor shouldnt be able to penetrate the clear coart.
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#3
How long did you leave the alcomohol on there?
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#4
Drink responsibly!!
Dont spill!
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#5
i have spilled much worse on my guitars with no ill effects worth noting.
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Quote by ktullu98
I spilled a little bit of Tequila on my Gibson J-45. I wiped it off quick with a cloth, but could it do any damage to the wood?
It has the potential to be, as the nitrocellulose Gibson uses is alcohol soluble. I'd make sure to seriously clean the area and make sure no alcohol remains as it could bubble or distort the finish.
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#9
Quote by ktullu98
I spilled a little bit of Tequila on my Gibson J-45. I wiped it off quick with a cloth, but could it do any damage to the wood?

I know..very dumb and careless lol

I'm not sure. Why don't you crack open that bottle again, have a few shots, & then turn the wet shot glass over, & set it on the front of the guitar overnight. Check it in the morning, & if it's f#@ked up, you answered your own question

Seriously, though....as Flux'd stated above, nitrocellulose finishes are very susceptible to damage from just about anything containing aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (gasoline, alcohol, acetone, many automotive cleaners, etc). Spilling a bit of tequila & wiping it off immediately will likely be no problem. To restore any minor damage or discoloration if it should occur, I recommend a special car polish called "Klasse". It's a cleaner/polish/protectant from Germany that's been around for decades. Use it with a microfiber cloth, & it will make any guitar sparkle like never before. I used to make guitar bodies & refinish guitars, & I KNOW this stuff works magic.
BTW-20 yrs ago, I lost my beloved '79 Les Paul gold top by placing a rag behind the neck when I laid it against a work table. Turned out the rag had some type of solvent residue in it, & it MELTED into the neck's finish so badly that I couldn't repair it properly without spending a fortune. Learn from that
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acetone isn't aromatic EDIT: just to clarify what I mean here, I'm not saying acetone won't damage nitro, it will, it dissolves it and is one of the classic tests for whether or not you have a nitro finish. I'm just saying that you shouldn't limit your list of "substances which might interact badly with nitro" to aromatic compounds

but yeah I agree, the thing is to assume anything (not just aromatic, I'm guessing acids etc. will affect it too, and they're not necessarily aromatic... nor is alcohol/ethanol nor acetone etc. ) will harm nitro unless proven otherwise, pretty much.

Good info on that polish, I'll keep that in mind That sucks about the Les Paul
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