Polishing the 59

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Ok so I know this has been covered in the other threads but can I clarify the best way to polish a 59 ADB. Has anyone got any photos of the ADB colour polished up?
 

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I used Meguiars Scratch X (maybe the 2.0 version, not sure). Polished by hand for about an hour. I only did the top and the headstock (lightly on the headstock, to avoid removing the silkscreen). I used a terry cloth for the bulk of it and then a light polish with a microfiber towel, re-assembled and a quick wipe down with a microfiber towel.
 

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So once the cutting compound has been used did you use actual polish or wax? If so will this need topping up periodically?
 

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I did not, without the clear I expect normal play wear and will just let it take it's course. I haven't had to deal with excessive sweat or grime yet, so I am not sure what I will do at that point. I expect just an off the shelf guitar polish will be fine. I have not seen any hazing or anything that would lead me to believe that it will require any sort of wax but I don't think it would hurt if someone wanted to do that. Before I polished mine I noticed that the area my arm rests on and the neck had already polished to a gloss, and I have seen other matte guitars just show signs of play via glossy areas. I don't think there will need to be a regimen of re-polishing or anything.
 

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Any chance of a closeup of the polished headstock?? Inquiring minds want to know how it came out!
 

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I did mine not too long ago and i dont reget it one bit. I didn't go all crazy with it just enough to add a little shine to it. I also used that Meguiar's scratch remover from walmart for like 10 bucks. I just did one area at a time moving shit out of the way until i had the whole top complete. i didn't do my head stock nor the back of the neck or sides of the guitar. I started off on the back cause i hated the gritty feeling anyways.. take your time man your going to have to go over it a few times. I also did mine by hand.....
 

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Well, took me a little more time to get a headstock pic, had some tech issues that knocked me off for a bit.

Picture isn't great but I grabbed a shot with a bit of sunlight coming through blinds.
 

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Well, took me a little more time to get a headstock pic, had some tech issues that knocked me off for a bit.

Picture isn't great but I grabbed a shot with a bit of sunlight coming through blinds.
i tried to pollish the headstock on my gold 59 it didn't come out that good man. Nice job!!
 

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Nice job on the headstock!! Umm, just how 'lightly' did you go over the headstock with Scratch X??
 

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Nice job on the headstock!! Umm, just how 'lightly' did you go over the headstock with Scratch X??

I probably spent 10 or 15 minutes polishing versus probably an hour on the body. Again I only polished the face. I was trying to avoid cutting through the silkscreen so kept the polishing fairly light and stayed out of the silkscreen for much of it. After doing this I think I could do a bit more without removing the silkscreen and may do so in the future, but I am pretty happy with it as is.
 


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