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    Total of 8 coats of clear applied...despite 2.5 days of dry time the lacquer is still soft and can be marked with a finger nail....I'll let it dry for a week and (hopefully) I can then sand back the orange peel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aido78 View Post
    Total of 8 coats of clear applied...despite 2.5 days of dry time the lacquer is still soft and can be marked with a finger nail....I'll let it dry for a week and (hopefully) I can then sand back the orange peel.

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    Looking good. I'm not surprised that 2.5 days isn't long enough. I'd be waiting a couple of weeks at least before the wet sand and polish.

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  3. #33
    Nice colour and looking good!

    IME (so far) single pack lacquer needs at least 7 days before wet sanding, regardless of what the mfr may state in their MSDS.

    I typically wait 2 weeks before I do it. For me, *that's* the hardest part of the build... WAITING!!!
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  4. #34
    Thanks for the feedback...I've developed patience over the last 2 month due to this cold spell in Melbourne..

    It's now been 6 days and it still hasn't passed the finger nail test....I'll wait at least another week before proceeding further. Hopefully it will be OK....

  5. #35
    Wet Sanded with 1200 and 2000 grit. Then some buffing with a foam pad...

    I think I'll leave it at that, lest I sand through the clear.

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    Tuners installed.
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    Looking the business mate. Nice job!
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  8. #38
    I installed the stock hardware and discovered the factory had drilling the bridge post holes 2-3mm closer than they should.

    I was annoyed because I did do a mock build and didn't see it!

    In the end I pinched a bridge post pin from another bridge and used that. It was an easy hack to get out of a bad situation. Easier than the alternatives...

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  9. #39
    Hi. I made some significant progress over the last week...So it's pretty much been completed.

    Pickups - Railhammer Cleancut (a friend donated these to the cause)
    Neck - 8 coats of tru-oil, 4 on the fretboard
    Electronics - I installed just the 1 volume and 1 tone


    Things I learnt or advice to newbies:

    * Basswood is extremely soft - I think it's better to go for a harder wood (eg. alder)
    * Spray painting in winter is best avoided
    * The guitar plays well with the plastic factory nut. But I'll replace this in the future.
    * Bridge Post holes - factory drilled them too close together - may dowel them and re-drill in the future.


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    Real nice finish up to that aido, very clean, very polished. Well done!
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