Re: NGD - 1991 UV7BK Green Dot + Finish help!
Ok so yesterday I decided to experiment.
I figured if it all goes tits up I'm gunna refinish it anyway.
I applied a sh!t load of black T-Cut to the top, worked it in (circular motion) and removed excess, applied Meguiar's 'Swirl and Haze Remover' then Meguiar's 'Mist and Wipe' and after repeating this about 3 times, it's looking a lot better. This is definitely a refinished body, more on that in a minute. Doing this took away a large portion of the grain lines (though still vissible in the right light) and 'Orange Peel' pitting, but it's far from a mirror finish.
Then I had a go a wet sanding a portion of the back. I've never done this before on such a large portion, only ever to touch in small portions of clearcoat. I started at 2000, went down to 1500, then back up to 2000 and then in 1000 grit steps to about 8000, applied T-Cut and did as above. Repeated this twice and that's much much closer to that real mirror finish, however being as I haven't done this before, it's marginally more grey than the rest of the body. Part of this is to do with the rest of the body looking almost wet and sticky - horrible.
This is the first time I've really examined the finish and having seen a guitar progress through the finishing process, I am certain this has been aerosoled with some sort of acrylic based paint then not finished. The paints been applied and sort of sanded in but not all the way. I want to try everything I can to recover the finish before I drop £200 on refinishing it, mostly because it's good practise, but I also don't want to spend that sort of money!
Anyone got any tips for wetsanding? Can anyone go through the procedure or recommend any products? The finish gets better each time I repeat the process however I feel I'm missing a final step that brings it back and fills in the scratching....
Pic's to come.
PS You guys wait til you see the PWH, it's the original finish but it is in BAD shape, lol. However bad you think it is, it's way worse.