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Oct 24, 2021 - 11:56:58 AM
377 posts since 6/26/2011

I would like to use sections of delrin rod to make side markers in the plastic binding on my new neck. I am concerned about smoothing out the surface, my sand paper supplies go up to 2000 grit, but I am worried even this will not restore the sheen that the plain ivory coloured binding currently has.
Is there a material that I can restore the shine with when I've finished smoothing out the delrin markers?
Is there a better way of creating side markers? I'm not interested in painting them on, I tried it once and it looked too messy.
Cheers from Bill.

Oct 24, 2021 - 1:21:42 PM
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143 posts since 6/10/2017

If you use a razor blade like a cabinet scraper it will leave a very clean natural finish. The finish that was applied to the neck might be tricky to duplicate though. That is if you planned to reapply finish, if there was a finish on the binding begin with. There are tons of videos on YouTube explaining scraping plastic guitar bindings.

Oct 24, 2021 - 1:42:48 PM

377 posts since 6/26/2011

Thanks Steve, I'll have a look at YouTube. Wouldn't have known what to search for without your help!
Cheers from Bill.

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:01:29 PM

2764 posts since 3/30/2008

Drummers use a product on their celluloid finished instruments that restores the original smoothness, & shine, & eliminates scratches. it's called Novus Plastic Polish, & comes in 3 containers as a three step process. Novus is good for that final step after super fine wet paper.  

Edited by - tdennis on 10/24/2021 15:04:22

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:56:20 AM

377 posts since 6/26/2011

Cheers, I'll look into that too. Never heard of this either. The banjo has led me down so many interesting little detours over the years and continues to do so regularly.
Many thanks from Bill.

Oct 25, 2021 - 10:04:09 AM

476 posts since 9/21/2018

If you have any leftover binding do a test piece. I did black binding and was able to dry and wet sand back to a smooth finish, but test first for sure.

Oct 25, 2021 - 2:10:26 PM

377 posts since 6/26/2011

Good thinking Steven, thanks for posting.
Cheers from Bill.

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