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Did i make a mistake???

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by JoshNackerman, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. JoshNackerman

    JoshNackerman TDPRI Member

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    Hello TDPRI,

    After looking at a bunch of threads, im noticing quite a bit of guitar bodies that don't have the pickguard screw holes drilled before the finish process has been started... well... I have all holes drilled and am now ready to start the finishing process.

    did I make a mistake? or is it ok to start? should I fill the holes with something? paper towel? cork? idk. or will there not be enough build up to matter as far as clearance goes. IE: neck pocket, string ferrules, pickguard screw holes.

    ALSO.. What if I installed the string ferrules in the body before I started finishing,, and just have them be part of the guitar. they are inset only slightly, so it wouldn't impact the sanding process of finishing.
     

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  2. stankepanck

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    Did you put the holes in the location of a pickguard you already have? If you i think it will be fine. I would wait until after the finish is applied to do the ferrules.
     
  3. mefgames

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    You can put a bit of wax in the holes. It's easily removed later.
     
  4. JoshNackerman

    JoshNackerman TDPRI Member

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    Yes. I made the pickguard, then drilled the holes appropriately.
     
  5. Tom Pettingill

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    The holes are not an issue for the finishing itself. They can pose an issue though during the wet sanding / polishing phase. In general, its a bad idea to let water / moisture into the holes as the underlying wood will swell. That is why some wait to drill them, or opt to plug them with a little wax or plumbers putty.
     
  6. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

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    You can also avoid the pitfalls of getting water under the finish when wet sanding, by using naphtha instead. And this works even better than water...

    Just wear some latex/thin rubber gloves.
     
  7. Mbechmann

    Mbechmann Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

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    How about a clear pickguard? That way, you still see wood, and you have the pickguard as well
     
  8. JoshNackerman

    JoshNackerman TDPRI Member

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    Are you saying use naphtha to wet sand?
     
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    Yes, that is what the man said.

    It works fine.

    Use normal precautions.
     
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    I've used it instead of water; my only gripe is with how fast it evaporates. I went through a lot of it in a short time. I've also used mineral spirits; my only gripe with it is that it reeks. I used it out on the patio, which just made it bearable.
     
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