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The surface to be polished must be abso�lutely smooth.
Rub the filler into the wood with a clean rag, working across the grain, and when the filler is perfectly dry, rub down the surface with fine glasspaper; working this time with the grain.
Finally, rub the surface with a hard pad of cotton material on which has been dropped a little linseed oil. The guitar is now ready for the actual polishing.
Bottles of french polish can be purchased from appropriate shops�and the guitar maker should see that he purchases clear polish.
For the operation of polishing you will need some cotton-wool and a few pieces (about 9" square) of clean white cotton or thin linen.
Pour a little of the french polish on to a piece of cotton-wool and wrap this in one of the squares of cotton or linen� twisting the surplus cotton to give a hold on what is called the polisher's "rubber." Holding the rubber between thumb and first two fingers, go over the whole surface to be polished with overlapping strokes, using fairly light pressure. Keep the circular motion moving all the time and be sure you
are covering every portion of the surface being polished.
This process should be repeated three or four times, re-charging the rubber with polish as necessary.
It is important that the amount of polish used each time becomes less and less with subsequent coats and the pressure on the rubber gradually increased. It is also im�portant that the rubber is moving all the time it is on the guitar surface. If the rub�ber is inclined to "stick" in use, apply a spot of linseed oil to the surface of it.
Once the whole surfaces to be polished have been given one "coat," put the rubber away in an airtight tin for future use. Allow the polish to harden overnight and then rub it down with flour-grade glass-paper following the grain of the wood all the time.
Two or three further applications of polish can be applied at intervals, using the same procedure as described above.
When all this work has been completed the final and critical operation�known in the trade as " spiriting-off "�has to be done. For this you need a new rubber and, instead of polish, you apply a few drops of methy�lated spirit to the cotton-wool.
fig- 33.�Details of the guitar bridge (made of rosewood or ebony) and its ivory saddle. N.B �The bridge saddle
is NOT slotted for the strings.
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