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Old 04-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Satin to Gloss(ish) finish

Hey guys,

I snagged a used cheap Epiphone dot studio from a friend last week but I absolutely hate the "worn cherry" satin finish. Is there a safe way to get it glossy, real shiny without having to do extensive (i.e sanding, repainting, etc) work? Don't say play the thing either, it don't play that well yet. :/
I did a bit of research and some people say use car polish or something similar without silicone. Just wanna be sure so I don't muck anything up that would in the end ruin the wood down the line.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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Those finishes are open grained finishes with a satin clear coat. You would have to sand it, grainfill it, and then re spray it with gloss.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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So...using something like Meguiars Crystal Paint for cars wouldn't work? That's what I read online other people did to satin finishes.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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You can try car polish, it won't hurt anything to try it.

Make sure you remove all the hardware and electronics first. And I would sugest getting one of the car buffer that attach to a drill, it will make the job so much easier.

Also tie string/fishing line to every pot before you remove them. if you do not do this getting all the pots/switches back in will be a horrible nightmare.
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