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    Default Looking for someone to refinish a uke..

    I have an old Washburn that was a bit rough.. I know this probably goes against some code but I was going to refinish it.. I have refinished ukes with tru oil in the past with success but for the life of me I just can't get this one to look right. I tried a tru oil and wasn't happy.. then I tried a polyurethane.. wasn't happy with it either! I am admitting defeat and now have a new apereciation for those that can do this! Tired of messing with it! I love the uke; it has great bones. Can someone maybe refinish this or recommend someone that can that won't cost me an arm and a leg? A French polish would be ideal but open to anything really.. I would really like to do it up nice like it deserves.

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    Jon
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    The professional finishers most of the pros use are:

    Addam Stark= Nitro and Poly-
    https://www.facebook.com/addam.stark?ref=br_rs

    Glenn Nichols= French Polish
    http://glenn-nichols-guitars.com/info/

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    Pat Wilkins in Van Nuys near Los Angeles is also a pro finisher, he's finished three of my bass ukes and mini electric basses, does an absolutely great job.


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    I suppose it depends how old or vintage it is. Refinishing an old instrument in the manner of a new one is always going to result in an unsympathetic look - unless you want it to look as though it was made yesterday. Otherwise the rule is to do as little as necessary - perhaps a quick over-polish with shellac, keeping clear of the polishing compounds - which would just result in a hard looking glass like surface. I think less is more when it comes to old instruments.

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    Jake at Antebellum Instruments maybe(?)
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    Thanks for the reply folks! I contacted a few people and waiting to hear back.
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