Yet more sanding
So, who's sick of sanding? Me. This week finished off the 4000 grit, then moved on to 6000 then 8000 grit. It's taking about 2.5 hours per grit level.
When I started on the 6000 I was a bit worried that maybe I'd got the 4000 and 8000 mixed up, as they are similar colour. By the time I got to the 8000 grit it looked OK, so looks like I got it right. Why you'd have one sanding pad 'teal' and the other 'royal blue' and expect people to be able to distinguish them I don't know.
The 8000 grit finish is starting to look quite good now. The black looks good, but still has visible fine scratches, and a few places where there are deeper scratches that make it a bit fuzzy. The red, however, looks beautiful. So shiny - it almost glows.
With the finish starting to look nice and shiny, I had a look at the plastic back covers... and decided they look a bit crap in comparison. So now I'm thinking about getting a metal one, but that doesn't seem to be something that you can buy. I'll have to have a look for a local metal fabricator or something. The nicer you make a guitar finish, the more you have to bring all the bits up to standard. :-/
At the moment I'm hoping to finish the 12000 grit sanding next weekend, then do a polish. Then maybe we can put this thing together.
I hope it works.