Micro-Mesh guitar finishing paper

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Dan Erlewine uses Micro-Mesh to get rid of finish scratches, without using a buffer.

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

Get a scratch-free mirror finish with Micro-Mesh

Dan Erlewine: I'm doing a setup on this cord electric and my customer just bought it and he's put a few picking scratches in the top and asked me if I'd buff them out. I don't need to buff it. I can remove these with Micro-Mesh Finishing Abrasive. It's a soft, flexible cushion sandpaper that grit for grit cuts as fast as any other sandpaper I have, but it leaves a much finer scratch pattern.

That's because its super fine abrasive particles are bonded to a latex cloth backing, a super thin sponge that sands. You can use it wet or dry depending on the situation. Used wet, it will last longer. Micro-Mesh absorbs water and it squeezes out when you sand with it. That cuts down on the friction and the heat, and that produces a finer scratch pattern than other sand papers.

This is water with a little dish soap added. I keep all the papers around the edge of my water dish in order. And I re-wet them when I need one. Actually, I've had these papers in this bowl for two weeks and they're still good.

They have nine different grits from 1,500 to 12,000 grit. Here's the situation. When I use the papers dry. I just re-fretted this J-50 and I'm polishing up the ends and the tops with 4,000, 6,000, 8,000 and 12. Man, that gives the feel of 20 years of playing, but the frets are still new. It's unbelievable.



Dan Erlewine

Guitar Repairman and Builder