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Finishing Procedures

Ukulele and guitar finishing procedures appear to frequently involve black art. It's partly because each luthier has a different vision of the final product and finish companies tend to be secretive about their formulations and changes to same. There is a great deal of emotion and absolutes on the part of individual luthiers about what is the "right" way; I make no such judgments. The following finishing procedure is a blend of the old Martin approach as outlined by Dick Boak for American Lutherie many years ago as well as my own experiences for the shop conditions that I deal with. As such it is simply food for thought and meant to be modifiable for local conditions.

This finish is orange peel-free, not satin, not wet glossy, but deep and non-intrusive. Much, much work but worth it. E-mail if questions arise...

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