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Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby Chula Vista » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:19 am

I have a Vader that has a satin finish on the body. I know what to use on a gloss finish (Meguiars), can I also use this on a satin finish? If not, what would work best?

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:55 am

You want to use as little as possible. Both in terms of product, and in terms of work...but I wouldn't use the polish you have.

The surface of the satin finish is a microscopic texture in the polyester clearcoat. Kinda like frosted glass where the surface is etched.

There are two things that can make shiny spots in the satin or raw tone finishes:

1) If any thing fills in the texture (like skin oils, or cleaners that don't fully evaporate), they can smooth over that texture. Think of mountain range below sea level that gets flooded until the peaks are all under water.

2) Friction. The clearcoat is not bullet proof. It's a hard plastic which, over time with use, will have that microscopic texture worn down a bit. With enough patience, if you put a coin in your pocket and rubbed it for 20 minutes every day, eventually you'd rub the face right off the coin.

Most things that have "polish" in their name do one of two things: they either have an abrasive compound to polish out slight imperfections to improve shine (like #2 above), or they have some sort of finish of their own like a wax that can add a layer of shine where the actual item may not have shine (like #1 above). Neither of these are what you'd want with a satin finish.

Sorry I don't have any suggestions, except to advise to probably NOT use the polish you have!

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby Chula Vista » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:50 pm

spudmunkey wrote:The surface of the satin finish is a microscopic texture in the polyester clearcoat. Kinda like frosted glass where the surface is etched.

There are two things that can make shiny spots in the satin or raw tone finishes:

1) If any thing fills in the texture (like skin oils, or cleaners that don't fully evaporate), they can smooth over that texture. Think of mountain range below sea level that gets flooded until the peaks are all under water.



Makes perfect sense. The shiny spot I'm getting it right between the 2 pickups and above the high E string where my spare fingers sometimes come to rest while soloing. I'm going to get some 0000 steel wool and re-texture that area - gingerly.

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby toejam » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:37 pm

Suhr actually sells a matte satin cleaner that's fine for any satin finish, even nitro. They sell it direct for $10 plus shipping, at least that's what they told me awhile ago through e-mail. They don't seem to show it on their website for some reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV03qD0113w

https://www.suhr.com/

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby Chula Vista » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:45 pm

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby toejam » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:08 am

No problem. :)

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby fusionshred » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:23 pm

On satin finishes in the past I've used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (dry) to rub off the shine that develops in spots. Worked like a charm.

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Re: Best way to polish a satin finish guitar?

Postby toejam » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:35 pm

fusionshred wrote:On satin finishes in the past I've used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (dry) to rub off the shine that develops in spots. Worked like a charm.

Interesting. That's good to know!


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