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Sanding acrylic finish and applying gloss, advice needed.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DeWe, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. DeWe


    May 7, 2011
    Hi lads,

    I am having my first custom bass made, by my favourite luthier. When delivery was due, he came up with few problems.

    According to him the acrylic finish is taking way too long to dry then it supposed to on flame maple top. Here is the photos taken full 2 days after acrylic was applied (according to him again).


    So my questions are;

    1- After mild sanding to the bass you see above, would the result be good? (There are plenty fingerprints on bass atm as I can see)
    2- Is it normal for acrylic finish to take 2 days to dry? Or is it kind of delaying tactic?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Drying times of different finishes can vary. If your builder says it is not dry yet then I see no reason to doubt him, especially after only two days.
  3. If it is Acrylic Lacquer, it could take 3-4 weeks. Two days is too soon for almost any kind of finish.