Change to semi-gloss finish?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Tony_D, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Tony_D

    Tony_D Junior Member

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    May 5, 2015
    Hi all, I have a 2014 Epi LP Trad pro in heritage cherry burst. Its a plain top and the top is high gloss. The back and neck of the guitar is a reddish color, but 'flat' or low gloss finish, with 'exposed' wood grain.
    So I was thinking of applying a clear coating that would both 'fill' the grain and change the finish to semi-gloss.
    I had an LP 100 (similar heritage cherry burst) that was 'smooth' on the back and neck and overall glossy that I liked alot.
    Anyone tried this that could suggest a product?
    Afraid to ask but - any opinions???
    Thanks, as always for your comments!
  2. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Dec 24, 2009
    Moved :thumb:
  3. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Feb 8, 2011
    I have a Gibson 50's Tribute LP where the grain was very prominent on the back and neck.
    It felt OK...but weird to unfinished lumber.
    The way the finish had sunk into the grain gave it the appearance of being much thinner than it is.
    I sanded it smooth and it shined right up.
    You could give it a go and just stop if you go through the finish anywhere.
    If you're not super familiar with sanding, you should go conservative.
    Start with 400 until the grain is almost gone. Then 600, 1000, 1200, 2000.
    After 2000, you can use an automotive rubbing compound; then a swirl remover or hand glaze will get you a gloss.
    It's not a fast process.

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