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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maybe the dumbest question ever about neck finishing

Well, here's the story.

I decided to have a go on refinishing the back of the neck of my '89 radius; the factory finish was missing in some places and lots of greasy stuff has developed in those places.

So I took it off, sanded the remains of the old finish away, and applied 2 coats of clear wood laquer using the instructions written on the can:

1) First coat
2) Wait 8 hours (Ok, I waited a whole day to be sure)
3) Roughen up the surface with fine sandpaper
4) 2nd coat
5) Wait again

After that, I sanded the neck again a bit in order to achieve satin-esque feel. At least I hope so.

Now the neck is reattached to the guitar, and plays and feels great.

There's just one thing I noticed: The smell. The neck smells like wood. (You know the smell of wet wood?? Kinda similar)

Now I want to determine somehow if I maybe accidently sanded away the new coats AGAIN, ending up in a bare, unfinished neck.
Since the paint is clear, and is meant to look 'invisible', is there any way to determine wether

1) I'm the clearcoating mastermind who has just achieved a wonderful, great feeling finish

or

2) Just an idiot ?

I thought about testing it somehow with a damp sponge, but I think that's a no-no when the neck is indeed unfinished..?

*hides*
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 07:31 PM
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I probably think your right on #1. If it was fine sand paper, theres no way you could have taken off all the finish... without sanding it for days. What grit was it?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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#320 and 360.

hmm.. I think I'll try the damp sponge. Ugh, I'm scared!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 04:18 PM
 
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Originally Posted by horstausmforst
#320 and 360.

hmm.. I think I'll try the damp sponge. Ugh, I'm scared!
Wow.. i think those are not a Fine grain sandpaper for a finish..you should go with 500, 600 and 1200 for the satin finish..


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 09:12 PM
 
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You have to remember that lacquer takes a long time to cure and will have some smell to it for many weeks.If the wood is shiny,it has clearcoat.If it is dull,maybe not.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 02:11 PM
 
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I agree with musicdr, it's probably the finish smell. On guitars with nitro laquer you can usually smell it, but would depend on what type of laquer (if it was a laquer). Sounds like it came out OK.
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