BYO: (Build Your Own): I'm in the finishing stage and am trying to fill walnut grain in the french polish method and am getting absolutely nowhere. Any one have any ideas.
I'm using the Orville & Robert Milburn on-line tutorial and followed steps carefully (I think): Three "spit" coats, allow overnight dry, with alcohol and pumice only, rub out 2-3 times to fill grain. Well, I'm up to 20 times and no filling. I stripped the three spit coats off and applied one light coat, no change. I've tried varying amounts of pumice, alcohol and even more shellac. Nada. I'm stumped.
Had this same problem on the last guitar using bubinga backs and sides. Never got the grain filled in the early stages or as the body coats went on. Am determined to get the grain filled properly early on, but so far no luck at all. Thoughts?
Off to MIMF.com to see if they have any ideas.