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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:59 pm 
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Brazilian Rosewood
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Anyone ever done this and does it stay that way?

I have a black gloss guard and customer wants a matte one. I know I can order one but it's do for pickup in a few days. If I have to of course I will.

But I have some nice shiny black plastic and was thinking that wet sanding it might just do the trick. Anyone done that before?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:52 am 
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I've used fine steel wool to make things matte, but I haven't used it on a pickguard. Steel wool is something that could be redone periodically on the finished guitar if necessary.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:11 pm 
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Brazilian Rosewood
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I recently did this with a new pickguard going on a '31 Martin. Glossy was out of place so I sanded the pickguard with 2000 grit Abralon pads. I think steel wool might be too aggressive for plastic.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:54 pm 
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I've used sanding and rubbing compound to good temporary effect. Trouble with those methods is that with use, the surface gets shiny again. That seems to look ok in some situations though.

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