Flexible polishing papers for instrument work

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Dan Erlewine on using cloth-like polishing abrasives for guitar repair. They're a micro-grit "finishing fabric" that conforms to any shape, wet or dry.

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[on-screen text reads: Dan Erlewine - Stewart-MacDonald]

Dan Erlewine: I made a bone nut for this Strat and I'm at the buffing stage using 3M Flexible Polishing Papers to get a shine. I'll start with the 400 grit in green and go through all the grits and all the colors. This is like sanding with cloth, ordinary sand papers would have ripped immediately. Now I'm polishing the ends of the nut into the finish. I'm going pretty fine starting with the aqua color, 6,000 grit. I can feel the contours and sand on them and really feel my work. Then I'll graduate to 8,000 grit, that's the white paper, and get the deluxe buff. For shining frets throw the steel wool away, polishing papers are way better and there's no steel wool made that's this fine. Plus you won't have all those little hairs to stick to magnetic pickups. These polishing papers have only been around for a couple of years and when the samples first come in we were all fighting over them. You'll love them.



Dan Erlewine

Guitar Repairman and Builder

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