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finishing the finish

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MNbassist, Sep 1, 2008.


  1. how many of you use a paste wax to bring your work to a high gloss (mirror-like) finish? I tend to just use instrument polish but have heard some good things about paste wax.
     
  2. low end fuzz

    low end fuzz

    May 9, 2008
    i could be wrong; but the wax isnt going to get you a high gloss;
    its good for finishing oil and stuff, but its another beast altogether;
    i use wax on turnings and theyre shiny and smooth, but faaar from anyhting id consider 'mirror' finish; polishes are the only way (incl.pumice and rottenstone) because theyre still removing layers of scratches as oposes to filling them to a unform surface
     
  3. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Micromesh.

    You'll get this:

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  4. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    A high-quality paste wax that includes a high proportion of Carnauba (my favorite is Liberon Black Bison neutral) will offer a modicum of abrasion and moisture resistance, and can be buffed to a high gloss if the underlying finish is already glossy, but wax, alone, won't turn a satin finish into a gloss finish.
     
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    If your instrument has a shiny surface to begin with, you can get some good results from a good car polish that has a little bit of "cleaner" or polishing compound. I use a polymer polish (not wax) and my glossy instruments have a GREAT shine and resist scratching and fingerprinting better than with other polishes.
     
  6. Im sorry, i forgot to mention that I ALWAYS polish with a rubbing compound as my last step. My question was if using a paste wax after polishing would create a more even finish.
     

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