I buffed out the satin finish on my Martin 000-15SM

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by beatcomber, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. beatcomber

    beatcomber Member

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    I've been really enjoying pretty much everything about my new Martin 000-15SM except for one thing: the satin finish. It looks and feels plasticky to me, and I just didn't like it.

    Ordinarily, I would have just lived with it, out of fear of messing up a not cheap, brand new guitar. It was already developing a smooth spot where my right arm rubs against the body, so I decided to go for it.

    I used Nu Finish and some clean cotton rags made from old tee-shirts. My goal was not a smooth high gloss, and I didn't mind the open pores in the grain being visible, which IMO makes it look more vintage and feels more like real wood.

    I gave the body and back of the neck about 5 applications of the Nu Finish, and then wiped it down a final time with a regular guitar polishing cloth. To get into the tight spaces around the bridge, I used a cotton swap.

    I am very pleased with the final result, which is a sort of eggshell or semi-gloss finish, with just enough gleam to look 'right.'

    My suggestion to anyone who attempts this is to do it in a space with natural light, so that you can see how consistently the finish is buffing out across the entire surface.

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    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
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  2. d-rock

    d-rock Supporting Member

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    Looks great! I just did this to my Martin DM with Meguiar's Cleaner Wax but stood in the auto product isle for a long time looking at the Nu Finish bottle as well. I was getting that smooth finish where my arm rested and decided to make it all uniform. Looks so much better now.
     
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  3. Irving Pye

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    Nu Finish is amazing! Now you've no worries about moisture;)
     
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