The wood itself is gorgeous. It's quilted maple, stained with a mix of water soluble Transtint Dyes, blended up on a practice piece to see how I liked the color. Quilted maple reflects light differently with every move and that pattern is you see is only there with the light from that angle. Despite looking wavy and almost bubbly, it's flat and smooth. The wood was gifted to me by reader Raven, who offered it in reply to my late June post about putting a clear plastic side on this guitar. Couldn't have done it without your help!
All in all, the finish looks pretty good, but not as "deep" or glossy as the factory finish. The spray can instructions say to spray a light coat every two hours, and by the time I fussed over a detail that I didn't like, I got started close to 10AM. Two hours after the third coat, I lightly sanded with 500 grit, cleaned with mineral spirits and shot a fourth coat.
My experience with the finish compatibility test over the weekend says this won't reach maximum hardness until late tomorrow at the earliest, in line with the can's warnings not to use the item for 24 hours. Three days comes from the other instruction on the label saying:
Recoat within 2 hours. If unable to do so, wait a minimum of 72 hours, then lightly sand and recoat.That says I could add more finish on top of what I have on Saturday. My tentative plan is to try to buff the guitar with a mild polish. Not rubbing compound but something beyond pure wax. Tool Junkie Heaven for guitar techs offers electric buffers or foam polishing pads. The pros use something like their buffing systems:
I can't do anything to it for now, so in the meantime, it's on to other projects.