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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wetsanding?.... not as hard as it sounds.

okay, I'm absolutely no professional with tools, or building things and once I designed my entry for the Jem Contest, I became obsessed with building my own. I have the body ready and waiting to get started but first I had to learn how to Wetsand and polish as the final test to see if I'm capable of building it. I tried it on my initial test blocks that I made before I even ordered a body thinking it would be a disaster.....well..... this is how it came out......




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If you're interested in learning how to do this, then don't listen to me..... Download the free podcast on iTunes called "eGuitar Plans Podcast" - Episode 7 and do everything he says to the letter..... dude knows what he's talking about.
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Wetsanding feels awesome.
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I know.... I only just finished it and I'm giddy with excitement! It's freaking beautiful and easy to do so long as you follow the rules.
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Re: Wetsanding?.... not as hard as it sounds.

I'll have to check this technique out. I was thinking just a tung oil finish on my next project, but that looks great! and if you say its easy....
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I found it easy only after listening to Ep 7 of the abovementioned podcast about 30 times over before I even did anything. I knew how to do it before I ever did it. I've never built anything in my life..... I'm not handy with tools, not a craftsman or anything. This is my first attempt at anything like this and I'm suprised I even got this far. I'm having sooooo much fun doing it though.
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Also might I say that when you read up on this whole process, it looks daunting and not worth doing yourself as it's too much trouble.... well it's not. I'll save myself $500 bucks for doing my own clearcoat as opposed to a pro doing it and I'll have the satisfaction of being able to say that I did it myself. If you're considering trying this, I highly recommend it.
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what podcast? sounds interesting
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Also might I say that when you read up on this whole process, it looks daunting and not worth doing yourself as it's too much trouble.... well it's not. I'll save myself $500 bucks for doing my own clearcoat as opposed to a pro doing it and I'll have the satisfaction of being able to say that I did it myself. If you're considering trying this, I highly recommend it.
Your right... Take your time, and it is easy to do. I really like the 3M micro mesh pads for this job. They go up to 12000, and are reusable. Score!
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Re: Wetsanding?.... not as hard as it sounds.

The only way to screw this up is not being patient enough. If you try and speed through a step, you end up leaving sanding marks from the previous step that won't come out. As long as you start with an appropriate grade of paper and get the initial orange peel flat, each subsequent step works great as long as you make sure to get all the marks from the previous grade of paper out. The final buff is a piece of cake.

The only real downside to doing it yourself is that pro clears won't yellow much over time like nitro clears will. It isn't a great idea to start spraying poly paints yourself without a breathing apparatus.
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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yep, it's very tempting to jump the gun but I know that it's just stupid. You can't rush this stuff if you want a good result. The hardest part will be waiting 2 months to wetsand after spraying the clearcoat.... I know they say 1 month, but like you said, I wanna be sure it's all good. I'll only get one shot and I don't want to have to sand it all down again.
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what podcast? sounds interesting
"eGuitar Plans Podcast" on iTunes. Painting, wetsanding and buffing episode is number 7.
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Yep, wet sanding is pretty easy.
C.Thcp , tung oil for necks not for bodies Not to say you cant but I don't advise it.
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Re: Wetsanding?.... not as hard as it sounds.

It does get harder when its a larger 3D shape (like a guitar body) tho - trying not to sand thru the edges, etc, means being very careful. I'm sure it is easy on a small flat square with clear only on one side. I'm not disagreeing with you, just hold judgement until you've done it on bigger stuff!
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It does get harder when its a larger 3D shape (like a guitar body) tho - trying not to sand thru the edges, etc, means being very careful. I'm sure it is easy on a small flat square with clear only on one side. I'm not disagreeing with you, just hold judgement until you've done it on bigger stuff!
I totally agree with you. I was thinking that as I was doing it but if I follow the rules laid out by the guy in the podcast hopefully all will be well. He basically said to keep a quarter of an inch away from all edges until you get up to 1500grit paper then lightly do the edges by hand without the block, taking great care of course. It will be interesting to see how it goes. At the very worst, I'll learn how NOT to do it..... but I'll still learn and that's the main thing (but I'd still be pretty p!ssed) LOL
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