Use fine grit wet and dry sandpapers, used wet are used around a firm block. If you a re flatting a brushed finish you can start with 1000 grit paper. Rub the abrasive on the lacquer surface using a circular motion. You will feel the paper start to cut the lacquer surface. Use gently pressure and allow the abrasive to do the work. This can be a slow process but pressing on hard almost always results in a sand through.
Once the majority of the brushed lines have been removed switch to 2000 grit wet and dry and repeat the process. If you have sprayed your finish then start with 2000 grit paper.
Keep the rubbing area away from the edges until the majority of the surface is flat. It is easy to sand through at the edges.
On curved surfaces support the wet and dry paper on curved blocks. When sanding the edges carefully sand with finger pressure.
The lacquer should look uniformly dull, i.e. “flat” at this point.
Next, using a Flexipad blue foam ( we prefer the 80mm foams for better control), apply some drops of Farecla fine cutting compound to the guitar surface. If you are cutting the surface by hand apply even pressure to the foam pad and work in a circular motion. The fine cutting compound will remove the fine scratches left by the wet and dry paper.
If you are using a variable speed drill or chucked screwdriver with a Flexipad spindle, again start with the blue foam. Switch the variable speed to minimum and start off at the slowest speed you can. This polishing does not need high speed to cut effectively and low speeds prevents the cutting compound from being thrown off by the spinning foam.
You should now see a gloss developing on the surface. Wipe off the excess cutting compound and examine the surface for any flat spots. Apply more cutting compound and continue with the blue foam until all the flat spots are removed.
When working on the edges or in tight curved areas, take the foam off the spindle and rub the areas by hand.
Remove the excess cutting compound, change to the Flexipad black waffle polishing foam, apply some Tonetech Guitar Glaze to the surface and continue as before using a circular motion. You should see a high gloss finish appear.
Wipe away the excess polish then final buff with the Flexipad sheepskin polisher or with the microfibre polishing pad.
Stand back and admire!