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Maguiars polishes up nicely with a terry cloth towel, or if you want top of the line its 3m Perfect it. Also I think Fender uses Menzerna wax which you can get at wood essence. And Behlen makes a super fine polish as well.
 
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I have been using this stuff for years on vintage finishes, even French polish finishes.No issues.... ...
cleans, polishes, takes out light scratches.
FWIW Most paints are 'tender' until the curing period. I give at least 3 weeks before applying any compounds.
 

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I have been using this stuff for years on vintage finishes, even French polish finishes.No issues.... ...
cleans, polishes, takes out light scratches.
FWIW Most paints are 'tender' until the curing period. I give at least 3 weeks before applying any compounds.
+1 on the Nu Finish (Canadian Tire used to carry this, don't know if they still do...) I also have some Stew Mac finishing compound that works really well that you're welcome to try.
 

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The Meguiars Ultimate worked great. I'm not super duper picky, I just wanted a clean start and got better than that. Of course, I bashed it putting in the tuners :p Anyways, I don't know how well this will show but here's before and after.

 

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I have been using this stuff for years on vintage finishes, even French polish finishes.No issues.... ...
cleans, polishes, takes out light scratches.
FWIW Most paints are 'tender' until the curing period. I give at least 3 weeks before applying any compounds.

I know no one really wants to repair or refinish their guitar, but while this may be working fine, it is full of silicone and will make the job really difficult.
 

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I know no one really wants to repair or refinish their guitar, but while this may be working fine, it is full of silicone and will make the job really difficult.
true enough...any polish or wax would obviously have to be removed during a 'prep' for refinishing. Sanded and wiped down with a light application of lacquer thinners to remove any substance that would potentially cause the dreaded and fugly 'fish-eye'.
 

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I never tried it but what about Vim cream cleaner ? It looks to be a very light abrasive compound. I'm a sucker for cheap solutions to expensive relabeled products.

 

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That's intended for cleaning, not polishing. Not saying it wouldn't work, but I wouldn't be the one to experiment on a freshly finished surface with it.
 
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