Hello people! I had an Ibanez GSR200, which I defretted with just a screwdriver and a hammer . I applied System Three Mirror Coat on it, and it friggin sucks. I screwed up. I didn't even fill the holes with putty or veneer before applying epoxy. So the result was an epoxied FB, but, since I didn't fill the holes, it has kind of "crevices?" (not a native english speaker) from the holes. Here's some photos so you can understand my lameness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37895072@N03/sets/72157617493032560/ So I decided to make this project serious. Please, help me do this project the best way I can, by skimming through and noticing material or procedure errors and stuff. Ibanez GSR200 Fretless Project: Neck: Objective: To obtain a radiused, highly durable, high gloss, epoxy finish on the fretboard. Materials: -Neck! -Epoxy (Mirror Coat) -5-10? disposable brushes (to apply epoxy.) -Plastic mixing pot/cup/glass (to mix epoxy) -X-Cross screwdriver (to get neck off the body) -Small X Screwdriver (to unscrew truss rod cover) -Allen wrench? (to adjust truss rod) -Block of wood (to get Nut off) -Small Hammer (nut off) -Masking tape/Painter tape + scotch tape (to cover unepoxied areas) -Plastic Spoons (to mix/measure epoxy) -Latex Gloves (hand protection) -Newspaper (to protect working area) -Mask (to protect from sanding dust) -Goggles (to protect from dust) -Lighter D to pop bubbles in epoxy) -Rag (to clean, to dry, etc) -and sandpaper; 120 (to get initial epoxy off) -220 + 320 (to smooth out wood) -320 (to sand between epoxy coats) -400, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12000 grit to finish to high gloss. -Plastic pot/glass/bucket (to put water for wet sanding) -12 Radiused sanding block. -Almost forgot, Methylated Spirits (or Denatured Alcohol?) -Almost forgot, Super Glue (to glue nut) Am I missing something? Please add anything you think I might be missing. Procedure: -Dust, then vacuum working area. -Clean working area with damp rag. -Cover with newspaper (lots of it) -Take strings off. -Take neck off body. -Unscrew truss rod cover. -Adjust truss rod to TRY to make it straight. -Take nut off using wood block and small hammer. -Clean oil off of neck with Denatured Alcohol. -Sand epoxy to bare wood by hand (yes) with 120 (This is not done on the Epoxy working area) -Smooth out with 220 and 320. Make edges of FB smoother and more curvy. -Clean with denatured alcohol one more time to clean oil from my hands, let dry. -Take masking tape+scotch tape and cover all unwanted areas (headstock, back of FB, etc) 1.-Measure Epoxy resin + hardener with 2 spoons on the plastic pot/glass. 2.-Apply on dry FB with disposable brush (which is already level and on top of newspaper. 3.-Let cure for 5-10 minutes and squeegee excess epoxy. 4.-Pop bubbles with Lighter. 5.-Let cure overnight (12 hours or more? Recommend?) 6.-Sand with 320 grit+Radiused block. 7.-Repeat from point 1.- until completed 5 (10? Recommend number of layers?) times. -Wet sanding: (Here's where I need help) -Plastic pot used to contain water. -Soak 320 grit and sand (with radiused block?) -Soak 400 grit and sand. -And on and on until 12000? -Smooth all edges of fingerboard. -Dry with clean rag. Let dry. -Is that it? please help with the wet sanding process! -Sand upper part of nut (to make it lower), smooth edges, "carve?" the "tunnels" where the strings go. Smooth more. Glue with a LITTLE super glue to headstock. Body: Objective: To have a natural finish with a simple, solid color splatter pattern. Since I want to strip the black stuff of my body, I am debating whether or not to get tuning machines off and sand the black stuff on the headstock too, and buff to a sheen also. But the body project I might post in another thread. Do you guys suggest working on the body WHILE working on the neck? I plan to strip paint off body to bare wood, and make a one color splatter in it. But I don't know how. After seeing this: http://www.ritter-basses.com/ritter-basses-baesse/ritter-basses-available-instruments.htm (0914 Classic 4-String - Ives Platinum / Piano Black Finish Retailprice: 4860 Euro) I said: I want that. But then I thought of plagiarism... So I DECIDED I want a splatter pattern. As if the bass was on the floor when someone dropped a can of paint and got to the body. How would I do that? Is there a need for a special paint? Once I got it painted, how do I make it shine? I guess sanding with micro mesh would just damage the paint. Suggestions? How would you change this project? What would you improve? Am I lacking in anything? Please point errors and stuff like that out! Thanks a lot if you read this! Any suggestion, comment, opinion, criticism, and debate, is extremely welcome and helpful.