Last update of the day on these.
Having decided to try and get most of the work done tonight, I braved the near freezing weather outside to finish the sanding with the orbital.
I have used 120, 180 & 240 grit on the orbital, to get the bats to what I call the "usable but not presentable stage"
These bats are now smooth enough that most people would happily use them, but as my mate is paying me to refurbish them I wouldn't be happy to return them like this.
After sanding with the 240 grit I like to apply a coat of oil. I will now leave these over night, then start the hand sanding (240 up to 600 grit) tomorrow.
The faces I'm fairly happy with
Some big blemishes on the outside edge of the red Master
And a dark mark, I believe caused by iron in the soil, in the back.
There are still some very prominent sticker marks on the back of the Master 1000