Dulling Poly Finished Guitars PIC HEAVY!!

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by RMC1, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. PoorMan

    PoorMan Senior Member

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    I just acquired a poly Edwards I like very much, except for the platicky poly finish.

    Can someone give a rundown of the process? With 32 pages of old posts (many which say "I used this" and then a picture which no longer exists), I'm not clear what people are using or of the process.

    Thanks!
     
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    cilizal Senior Member

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    Well, I did it and I'm going to do it again next weekend.

    Long history made short and the simplest method without scratches:

    Take a 1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper,
    Moisten sandpaper with water,
    With quite and smooth circular movements, sand the entire surface evenly, without wetting too much the guitar.
    Dry with a cotton cloth and check if it need a second hand.
    Ready.

    Beware, If you apply polish and wax, you can return shine and plus you have disappeared all the scratches that could have before.
     
  3. PoorMan

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    Thanks.

    Do you have pics of the results?
     
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    :wow: I guess you do all the "do´s" and "dont´s" like me first time.

    When I did it, I didn´t have a good quality camera and I do some crapy photos with my cell phone:

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    when I used the green fiber I did have too much scratches

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    I also found that this guitar had already been polished this way, there were places where the finish was already too thin
     
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    I did the mouse sander and scotch brite pad method described in the OP.

    This is an 89 MIK about 4-5 years ago. I bought it brand new from the store in 89. It has been through 20+ years of gigging and abuse. The poly finish is literally bullet proof. :cool:

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    That is one of the best attempts I've seen. Looks very authentic, though I don't think I could have brought myself to do it to that particular model.
     
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    It can be polished right back up to it's original shine if someone was so inclined. At the time, to me it was junk and it just sat in the closet unplayed for some years. It sounded like crap, the knobs all crackled and the switch would short out. The two volume knobs spun off and broke the first time I gigged with it.

    Dulling the poly coat was just the first step. I replaced the pickups with SD JB and Jazz. I replaced the harness, switch and jack with all quality Joney parts with 50s wiring. Replaced the bridge with Gotoh nickel and tailpiece with Gotoh aluminum nickel. Oh and a set of strap locks.

    The worst part was six of the eight pickup ring screws broke off in the wood. They were so green and corroded from years of sweat and whiskey, they would just snap in two.
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    After all these mods the thing transformed into a killer beast of an LP. It was a wonderful learning experience for guitar mods. Never would have even attempted it without all the help and advice from the wonderful members here at MLP. That was back when the forum was all farmland, and we had like buttons. :cool:

    I still gig the hell out of this guitar...
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    Great job! What scotch brite product did you use?
     
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    We need those images from the OP back :(
     
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