#1
Hey guys,

Im learning how to re-paint guitars, and I recently finished my first attempt. It was done for my sister, who donated me the guitar, and she is very pleased with the results, despite a few obvious beginner flaws. However, the main issue with the guitar I have is the finish.

After painting the guitar, I applied roughly 7 coats of Sikkens Wood Varnish to the guitar in thin coats, which were left 1-2 days minimum to dry. After this, I sanded the body smooth with 1200 grit wet and dry.

When it came to the polishing stage, I was recommended automotive polish, so I went out and bought some turtle wax. I followed the guidelines on the bottle, and applied a series of coats. The result wasn't a high gloss shine as I expected, but more of a matte shine which was alright, but I kinda want to get a high-shining finish to my next project.

Does anyone know what I need to do to get that high shine im looking for? I wouldn't be surprised if i need to use a different sort of polish. I used a buffing cloth to polish, as opposed to a buffing machine, if that's a factor.

Any help is appreciated, thanks!
#2
Which Turtlewax did you use? I'm not sure if they're suitable or not.

Anyway, you need to polish it first, then buff it with a buffing compound to really bring the shine out. The wet sanding and polish will give you a super-smooth surface, but will be slightly cloudy/satin. Buffing is what makes it sparkle.

Edit: Try a buffing sponge attachment for an angle grinder or something (check the max rpm first) with a buffing compound - never go in dry.
#3
Thanks for the advice. I did polish, but I wasn't aware i needed a buffing compound. Thanks Any suggestions for the sort of brands I should be looking for? both in polish and buffing compound?
#4
I've got some Farecla G3 Advanced stuff (trade, not Halfords), but I've only tried it once and I don't know if it's the best. It might be worth holding out for advice from someone more experienced, because I'm still at the bottom of the finishing ladder.
#6
Just to add to the catalogue of horrors, I think I used T-Cut on my first build (see sig) as I happened to have some, and although I was wanting a satin finish I had to do so much sanding to rectify my apalling first laquering job I thought, "Fir kit. May as well go gloss now."

Anyway. T-Cut certainly made it shiny. Whether it's "ideal" or not is another matter. I'm probably sharing a rung with -MintSauce- on that ladder.