Matting poly finish neck

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  1. candid_x

    candid_x Supporting Member

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    I've a nice tele neck, which unfortunately has an (albeit) nice, not terribly thick, high gloss poly finish. Why o why do players like this? I've seen the same or worse on CS strats too. I digress, sorry.

    So, without going through radical finish removal procedures, will light sanding or steel wool matt the gloss and make it feel less like a freshly painted railing?
     
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    It seems to be more common to take the steel wool to gloss nitro necks because they can initially be a little sticky, whereas poly is pretty smooth.

    However, it will work ... start with very fine steel wool and see if that's enough. If not, you might want to go coarser.

    I've never been a fan of sanding, and personally prefer steel wool, which 'burnishes' the finish rather than cutting into it like sanding.
     
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    Thanks.

    Not really sticky like nitro can sometimes be, just skiddy kind of glossy. I'm really spoiled by the natural wood feel of Music Man necks. I can't stand glossy necks anymore.
     
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    candid x,
    I strongly recommend avoiding steel wool or sandpaper for what you want to do and use a product called Micro-Mesh, as I believe you'll like the results much more.

    http://www.sisweb.com/micromesh/

    Stew-Mac sells Micro-Mesh products particularly suited for guitar work:
    http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/haze...IT_ACTION_SEARCH.x=0&SUBMIT_ACTION_SEARCH.y=0

    Do a TGP search on Micro-Mesh (also do another search on MicroMesh as it's often misspelled and TGP's search function is very specific on spelling) and you'll find a fair number of posts that explain how folks have used it for best results.

    Scott Peterson, TGP admin, has been a huge advocate for using Micro-Mesh to get his necks to exactly the place you're talking about. Most everything you want to know about the product and how to use it you can find on this thread from 2004, where a member asked Scott all about it:
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=54369

    And a few more posts here:
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=515837
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=407871
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=407801


    In all the years I've been on TGP, I don't recall anyone posting that they didn't like the results they got with Micro-Mesh or that it wasn't worth the investment.
     
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    Thanks! Looking into it.
     
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    I've never used the fingertip-sized pads, so I can't really say. They would probably work fine, but might not offer as much flexibility in how you hold the mesh. Meaning, if you don't mind doing all the work with your fingertips, they'd probably work fine. If you think you might be more comfortable holding the mesh differently, then the full-sized kit might work easier/better.

    I wouldn't hesitate to pm Scott Peterson directly, as I don't know anyone that has more experience using Micro-Mesh than he does.
     
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    +1 on the micro mesh. Steel wool will find its way to your pickups...
     
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    Micro-mesh is great stuff. To just knock the gloss off the back of a poly neck, I use scotchbrite kitchen scouring pads (the dark green ones). Cheap and easy to find, though I'd buy the micro-mesh kit if I wanted to degloss an entire guitar or such.
     
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    +1 on micromesh. Even scotchbrite will work, though. Before you start, tape off the top and bottom of the back of the neck with masking tape. It will give your results a professional look.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Only thing is, I wasn't counting on spending near 50 bucks on the stuff to buff one squire neck. My other guitar necks are Tru-Oil finished, which I re-treat maybe every 18 months or so. Maybe the Micro-Mesh would work well on those too.

    Thanks!
     

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