Today, I bought a buffing wheel. I did the sides and the back, and wow did the wood pop! My prior hand buffing had done what I thought was a decent job, but using the wheel really made it glisten.
However, gulp, I didn't do a good job on the top, because I was concerned at the time that I would somehow mess up and ruin it. Later, after re-stringing, etc., I was "admiring" it in the living room with my wife and I noticed that the top had some dull spots on it. Possibly from my hands. So I went to the garage and carefully, I thought, buffed to the sides of the strings, and on the lower bout.
At one point, I must have pushed, or stayed in one location too long. I think I buffed all the way thru the finish in an area about 2" x 3". It's on the waist, bass side, above and to the bottom of the rosette, between the rosette and the bridge.
My heart is sinking pretty low.
I know I can fix it. I know I'll get good advice from the folks here. My intention is to lightly sand with 400 grit. then lightly put on 3 coats a day, levelling after each day, for about 5 days. I think I should gradually increase the size of the sanding and the re-application of finish, to try to keep it level.
Does that make sense?
I do not object to sanding it all down and starting over if some of you with more experience think that is a better way.
I have firmly embraced Bill's "no ego zone". But this will be fixed!!!! (Mucho determination).
Thanks in advance for any and all ideas.