Taking the shine off a Firefly 338: Advice?

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  1. Jack Clayton

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    I've posted questions on this recently. This is an update.

    I recently picked up this firefly off Amazon. You've heard right. It's as good of a $140 guitar as you'll ever buy.

    Im in the process of removing the plastic-looking poly shine. All I've done so far is to put in an hours work with some scotchbrite. It produced the desired effect. Unfortunately, it left some light scratching. Not a big deal, but I'd rather go ahead and get those scratches out while I'm at it.

    So what do you guys recommend next? Some 2000 grit paper? Turtle wax? Some other rubbing compound? Also, I'd love to get some light yellow tint in there to simulate a little age. Any advice?
     
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    maybe more Scotchbrite. they make different grits. red is coarse, then grey, then white. might try that and then paste wax

    1000 sandpaper will be more aggressive at removing the topcoat to get the worn look, 2000 won't quite get the shine back but rubbing compound will
     
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    DO NOT USE WAXES, EVER! Those and silicones are just contaminants that cause problems for other products.

    Look up Micro-mesh pads. Every finisher I know has multiple sets of small and medium size pads, which range from 1,200 or so to 12,000. The are washable, reusable and last for YEARS. I use them on all finish repairs and for "gloss killing"
     
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    Should have started with rubbing compound, not scotchbrite. But now that that's that, yes work up to a really fine paper or 0000 wool, removing the deeper scratches left by the scotch brite. Be careful not to over do it around edges and areas where you are tempted to increase speed - you don't want to penetrate the finish or color coat. Work slowly, use moisture to help with seeing the larger scratches you need to remove.

    Next, use Dupont red Rubbing Compound. Add moisture to it if it starts to dry and cake. It will leave a very handsome hand rubbed appearance.

    For poly finishes, you can use waxes safely. Cleaner waxes are good at continuing the polishing process after rubbing compound. But apply as lightly as possible, so it doesn't cake and chalk up later in the cracks and crevises. If it does, you can remove it with some diluted alcohol or spirits.
     
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    I'm on my phone so it's difficult to get a proper look, but it looks like you still have some coarse scratches. Follow the steps mentioned above.

    I did that on a Rondo tele & it came out great.
     
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    I just got my FFTH S yesterday and I haven’t put it down yet. It’s a great 140.00 guitar. I’m going to be all taboo and replace the bridge and pickups.


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    Taboo? You're kidding, right? You'd be out of your mind not to replace at least the bridge and the tuners. And I don't love the pickups either. I'm actually gonna end up replacing everything that isn't wood.
     
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    A little time wet sanding it with a little 2000 grit, and it's already looking great. Thanks for the solid advice, everybody. Will post a final shot when its all put together and ready to go.
     

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    I am too. I bought it with the intent to mod it. I say taboo because a group of people say it’s a waste to put more money into an inexpensive guitar, but I beg to differ. I also plan on replacing everything that isn’t wood.


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    Well, it's certainly a waste if you plan to flip the guitar. I've modded all my guitars, and I always lose money when I sell them. That's the cost you've gotta weigh when you do this stuff. But the way I see it, I can pay $1500 minimum for a Gibson Midtown or an Eastman (money I absolutely don't have) or I can turn this firefly into something almost as good for what will end up being a third of the price. If I were more patient, I'd wait till I could afford something better but, let's face it... I'm not patient.
     
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    I mod most all of mine too. Typically I don’t sell the ones I mod, they almost become personal.


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