Polishing Time

The body has been sprayed with blue, black and twelve coats of clear nitrocellulose lacquer at this point. We’ve left it cure for over two weeks to dry thoroughly.

It’s not done yet! The lacquer looks good at this stage, but we still have more work to do yet. Now it’s time to wet sand the guitar with 2500 grit sandpaper.

Wet sand doesn’t mean drenched-wet sanding, however. It’s a careful process with minimal water to protect the finish. Automobiles were finished with this type of lacquer until just a few years ago, so the finish is actually waterproof. We minimalize the use of water to keep dampness out of the holes and cavities and we don’t want to remove too much of the finish. The goal is to create a smooth, even finish.

The next step is to buff out the finish and polish it to a glass-like appearance.

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