A few posts ago, I detailed how how I used a rubbing compound on the guitar body to begin the polishing process. This was WAY wrong, and resulted in more sanding. This turn of events was fortunate, however, because I had not initially sanded enough. After stepping through the progression of increasing sandpaper fineness, I was then ready for the polishing step.
To begin, I purchased some Dupont Number 7 Polishing Compound. This is made by the same manufacturer as the rubbing compound, but is much less abrasive. I applied the polishing compound to all sides of the guitar body, in a swirling motion, to remove sanding marks, and give the finish a dull clarity.
The above image shows a half-treated guitar body, and the clarifying effects of the polishing compound on the finish.
Next up, I used a product called Swirl Remover 2.0, by Meguiar’s. From what I understand, Meguiar’s happens to be the gold standard in automotive finish restoration, and enhancement. When possible, it is recommended that you use as much of their product as possible. Note: you may have to travel to your local auto paint store to find what you are looking for, specifically. This product may be applied by hand, without the use of an orbital buffer.
The above picture is a half treatment of the back of the guitar body, using the swirl remover. The top of the image (better clarity) is swirl remover treated, and the bottom is still just the result of a polishing compound treatment. Swirl remove is a non-abrasive product that will work to remove a good deal of the microscopic lines that had resulted from previous finishing steps. It is also a next step, beyond the polishing compound, in enhancing the clarity of your finish.
This picture shows the final result of the swirl remover compound treatment. As you can see, the sparkle now shows, very clearly, through the layers of acrylic lacquer. The picture hardly does this justice.
The next, and final, step in this process is a treatment with Meguiar’s Show Car Glaze. This product will give your guitar finish that liquid smooth “wow” factor, similar to that of a finely polished hot rod, or custom shop Fender / Gibson instrument. This product may be applied by hand, without the use of an orbital buffer.
This shot shows the guitar body, with the final treatment of Meguiar’s Show Car Glaze. Again, the picture hardly does this any justice, and I never could have imagined that it would look this good way back when I first started this project
. One thing to note: the acrylic lacquer layers are still very soft, beneath the surface, and will still take many, many weeks to dry. If I were to let this lay flat on a textured surface, then I would find that texture, ingrained in the surface of the guitar. So back to hanging in my closet the guitar body goes!