I've finished french polishing my first mandolin. I'm very happy so far. I want a 'distressed' look and this thing looks old with the amber colored Bullseye Shellac. I tried my best to get a super smooth finish, but there is still some very slight padding marks in the finish. I've spirited it off and want to leave it at that right now.
Is there a way to 'polish' the final french polish coat? If not, this will be more than fine. I'm not looking for a nitro'gloss' looking finish. I'll post pics soon.
Lastly, how long should I wait till I final fit the bridge and put on the hardware? I've waited a week and it seems real hard. More patience needed here? How long does one typically wait for the shellac to cure hard enough to start messing with the mandolin?