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A goof

After the tedious process of wet sanding, we wind up with a nice shiny finish. I started with 400 grit paper, then 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000.

One thing to be careful of is to try to NOT sand through the finish. Naturally, I managed to do that, see the spot on the headstock pictured at right. It's not a show-stopper, but it means refinishing that section. I hit the spot with a couple coats of stain, and masked off around the spot and hit it with lacquer again, gave it another week to dry and then sanded again.

After that I rubbed out the finish with Griot's "Fine Hand Polish." Looks pretty good now.

Be aware that the lacquer is very soft until it cures. That may take months or years, although in practical terms, 30 days is the usual timeframe bandied about . What that means, though, especially at first, is it will scratch easily. When I masked off the headstock to refinish the sanded-through spot, the tape left marks which had to be sanded out. The longer you can wait to sand, the better. I have two bodies in the queue for later in the year, and I'll probably give them a month to cure after spraying.

After this whole process (took about 2 months including the various goofs), the neck looks pretty good. NOW ve can finally poot ze ting together, yes?


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