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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:37 pm 

Joined: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:06 am
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First name: Roy L
Last Name: Smith
City: Apache Junction
State: Az
Zip/Postal Code: 85119
Country: USA
Focus: Repair
Status: Amateur
OK, went ahead and used polishing compounds and polish. Looks pretty good, not great. I have a theory, see if this sounds feasible....the imperfections I keep seeing look to me like they are well under the top layer of lacquer. I'm beginning to think back before y'all helped me understand what retarder was used for; I had sprayed more than just a couple of coats (seems like it was two days worth) so that would be 6 or 8 coats that were rough to the touch the next morning. I'm thinking those did not flow into the previous coats like lacquer should, and combined with the fact that I wasn't really doing much level sanding each morning before I put more coats on, the remnants of those coats that were drying too soon are what I'm seeing thru the lacquer now. That being the case, and this being my first quitar, I think I'm gonna leave the finish as is and see if it doesn't do much better on the next quitar, level sanding after each day's spraying, and not trying to spray when it's above, I dunno, mebbe 90F. Next one is already started. If this theory sounds stupid, pls advise. Right now it's all I can come up with, unless mebbe my sanding was too tentative at the start. I was concerned about sanding thru, and did start at 600 grit. Roy (still learning)

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