Micro Mesh pad question...

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  1. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    So I got some thinking I'd use them instead of steel wool to dull a finish on a strat body...

    What grit does one start and work up to for a relic style finish?

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  2. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Depending on how relic'ed you want it, I would say start at 1500' and keep working finer.

    1500' is pretty actually pretty fine.(even thought they mark it as coarse)
     
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    save your 8000 and 12000 to polish your frets
     
  4. Nuclearfishin

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    I would go the exact opposite way, start at 8,000 and work your way down until you're happy with the sheen. It's always easier to rough it up a bit more than to try and buff out some sanding scratches that may be too deep. Also, the grit labeling in micro-mesh is not the same as the equivalent grit in your standard wet/dry autobody paper.
     
  5. Ian Anderson

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    ..good idea to work backwards that would be.

    Also another option would be to polish it out with some courser polish like 3m Finesse it II which is designed as an intermediate compound to go after 1200 grit scratches. I find this to leave a nice "haze" like a dulled out vintage finish without looking like it's been sanded. especially if you work backwards from a polished surface.
     
  6. acwild

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    Can you use these to make a gloss neck satin-finish-like?
     

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