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 Post subject: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Sat 06 Feb 2010 07:37 PM 
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Hi, This is my 1980 VS600, serial: 0100523 just finished restoring her.
Probably one of the easier ones I have done from my collection lately & she is 100% original.
Mainly minor finish repairs, dints, buckle rash etc.
Leveled & dressed the frets, cleaned the fretboard, striped & cleaned the bridge, replaced one tuner, cleaned & lubed the pots & a full setup & thats about it.
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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Sat 06 Feb 2010 10:30 PM 
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Trev, she looks amazing!
Now I feel like I didn't do as good a job on mine as I could have...thanks a lot for that! :blush:
(Mind you it was a mess to begin with)

It's darn hard to pick a favourite Mats, but the VS600 is right up there. I just love playing mine. Hope yo uenjoy yours as much! :up:

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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Sat 06 Feb 2010 11:37 PM 
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Good work, there, mate; that sure is pretty! :up:

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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb 2010 10:04 PM 
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Amazing job Trevor..

Would you mind explaining your method? You did some drop filling, are you using crazyglue for that? for the buffing and polishing, what are the steps you take?

I'm still having a hard time buffing them so that no swirl mark remains... :bawl:

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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Tue 09 Feb 2010 02:04 AM 
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Hi Frenchy,
I drop fill with whats marketed here as SuperGlue.
Its just your basic Cyanoacrylate Adhesive.
I work with wet & dry paper (using wet)
Starting with 600 grit, then 800, 1000, 1200, 1500 through to 2000.
Then I Buff twice with a medium foam pad using AutoGlym Ultra fine Renovator, which is designed to work from 2000 up.
After that only a few very light swirls will remain.
I then change to a fine foam pad on the buffer and go over it all with Malco Scratch & Swirl Remover.
If after this, you find any scratches you have missed, just spot sand with an appropriate grade paper finishing again with 2000 and repeat buffing procedure.
The products I use on the Buffer are available from Automotive paint supply places, there are many different brands available.
I use these particular brands olny as they are what is available to me, no other reason.
Basic general purpose cutting & buffing compounds are way too coarse & leave lots of scratches behind.
If you have used a coarse compound, re-sand with 2000 wet then follow buffing procedure above.
And thats pretty much all there is to it.
This process also removes all of the orange peel from the factory finish, so you will have a better than new, mirror finish when completed.
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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Tue 09 Feb 2010 10:09 AM 
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Thanks Trevor!

I found my problem... I was using buffing compound... It was leaving lots of little scratches and i was wondering why I could not get the shine both you and Racing were getting. Back to the hardware store to pick up some foam pads.

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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Tue 09 Feb 2010 02:11 PM 
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Hi Trevor,

Very impressive work ! That thing is absolutely stunning :D

(And thanks for the tips !)

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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Tue 09 Feb 2010 03:58 PM 
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Trevor Dude...

Your guitar is just fricking beautiful. That's one of my all time uncle Matt faves.

Thanks for the re-finish techniques.

I have a VS600R which is in pretty good shape but could use a little help.


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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Tue 09 Feb 2010 04:25 PM 
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Trevor,

you mention you use AutoGlym Ultra fine Renovator. That's not available here is California.

I have a feeling it is similar to either Meguiars' #7 pro glaze, or Meguiar's #9 swirl remover. I'm not sure which is finer cut but I think it is #7.

I use #7 with a buffer bonnet to remove oxidation from my cars prior to waxing. By hand it would be too much work. Leaves a deep wet finish. I use it on my guitars too.

Nexat time I will try #9 to see which is finer cut.


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 Post subject: Re: Restored VS600
PostPosted: Wed 10 Feb 2010 05:26 AM 
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No idea on the Meguirs, sorry.
Always been to expensive for me.
Just go to an Automotive paint suppliers, they will be able to advise you on what they recommend for finishing from 2000 up.
Professional products & a 1/4 the price of Meguirs, you'll never look back.
Just a quick note on the polishing method I outlined above.
I was describing the method I use starting with sanding a repair (600).
If its just wear & scratches you are trying to remove I'd probably start with 1200 wet and finish as above.
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