Bluesblooded 2013 Challenge build: Dreamcaster

Discussion in '2013 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by BluesBlooded, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. dave4567

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    On my build I sanded until all the shiny spots were gone, but what do I know.:)
     
  2. BluesBlooded

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    That was what I thought, heard, read and so on. Would have loved to hear otherwise. Sure hope I have enough nitro on there to not sand through.

    Thanks Dave
     
  3. lookslikemeband

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    In my opinion... those spots are so close to the edge I would do them with the next grit up, either 800 or 1000. They'll still come out, and you'll be safer from a sand-through.
     
  4. kwerk

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    What is your next grit?
     
  5. BluesBlooded

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    I did not mean the ones on the edge but the really small one in the middle of the body. I kept away from the edge on purpose.

    The shiny spots are the size of a needle tip.


    800, 1000 then finish with 1200

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.
     
  6. kwerk

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    Yep, I'd work at it now with the 800 for a bit, til they're almost gone, then move to the 1000 to get the last of it. 600 is pretty coarse if you're worried about creeping up on a sandthru.
     
  7. rockdog.

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    :eek: What the heck is a 'RockDog finish' ?? :lol:

    I'd suggest try to sand the shiny spots out, be very careful not to sand through the clear coats, and I bet when you're done with sanding and polishing it'll look killer! :cool:
     
  8. metecem

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    It's a ridiculously shiny piece of wood covered in nitro. The legend says the Saints of Tone-a-loo schlepp the special water for the wetsanding from the highest mountains of Leoberg while the others grind marble pieces to dust which then get glued to backing paper with the saliva if the three horned goat and then use it as sanding paper.

    Told ya, it's crazy yet becoming an industry standard

    :)
     
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    You will kick yourself if you still have some pinhead indentations in the final finish, but, PLEASE, don't sand through the clear. FWIW I would agree with what Kwerk says as the next step. Looking great so far.
     
  10. BluesBlooded

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    Thanks Phil, I will start with the 800 grit and work them out.

    Thanks RockDog, I will try to remove them. If I do sand trough, then I'll put some more black on it, then nitro and let it cure.


    I'm almost there, I already have the marble dust and the three horned goat saliva. Got them from the bay;) Did not find the Leoberg mountain water yet. I'll have to use fiji bottled water. Hope it'll be close:rolleyes: Thanks Metecem!

    Thanks dazzaman. I will do my best not to sand through. I really want this one to shine. I'd rather kick myself because of a sand trough than having a sub par finish.

    Here I go wet sanding, I will keep you guys posted.

    Many thanks for all your precious help
     
  11. BluesBlooded

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    After an hour of wet sanding at 800 grit

    So here how the top looks after an hour of 800 grit wet sanding. I would say that most of the pinheads are gone. The few ones remaining should disappear once I move up the grits.

    No sand through yet :D

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  12. dave4567

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    Looking great!
     
  13. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you Dave. I'm getting there! Thanks to your advice and all the others here at TDPRI.

    So now 4 hours later, I've gone through 800 and 1000 grit.

    I switched direction sanding between grit to see my progress. Easier this way

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    This is what it looks after 1000 grit

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    Now going to my trusted kitchen table and moving to 1200 grit.
     
  14. BluesBlooded

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    Body update

    First, I apologize to all the other challenger, I wish I had the time to go and see your last sprint and support you, but the clock is ticking here too! May you all finish in time.

    Got to use my buffer :D

    with medium compound

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    getting a shine. I'm at that exact moment ECSTATIC!

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    After an hour break I started the fine compound

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    Inspecting my nose hair!

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    Now a few reflection shots.

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    a bit cloudy today

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    removing some dust. Go away dust!

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    Now I need to build a garage to work in this winter. Nice having an outside shop with a view, but that's only good 7 months

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    Now, the neck
     
  15. BluesBlooded

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    Neck

    Two nights ago I put the neck straight and let it sit overnight

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    Last night, checked it again

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    Marked the frets

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    Sanded them down

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    Crowning

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    Dressing

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    Sanding stick

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    Final shine with 0000 steel wool

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    Now this afternoon,

    Decal before I started sanding.

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    Not a thick enough coat to blend the decal properly. I stopped there. It won't be perfect.

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    Sanded down to 1000 grit

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    and buffed

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    Not too bad after all

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    That's it for today folks! Still a lot to do tomorrow.
     
  16. bluepingu345

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    Looking great!
     
  17. nickhofen

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    Cool, the body is like mirror.:)
     
  18. kwerk

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    Wow, I want a buffer station. That is just killer.
     
  19. oldrebel

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    Me too! That looks fantastic.
     
  20. Allthesound

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    +2 that really transformed that finish! Sweet!!!!
     
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