Friday, August 10th, 2012:
Well, I finally was able to get back to the harp uke today --- the waiting was over!!!
It has been over a week since I finished the spraying. Today I spent about 6-7 hours rubbing out the finish. This time I decided to do it totally by hand; I didn't want to risk another broken-off fingerboard extension, which happened to me on the last harp uke when I was buffing the neck out on the buffer.
So, I rubbed out the finish using all the MicroMesh grits, from 1500 (equivalent to regular 600 grit sandpaper) all the way down to 12000 grit. I dry-sanded it, as that's what I've heard works better on the EM6000. Then I used Meguiar's #9 (Swirl Remover) and #7 (Show Car Glaze) to do the final polishing.
Here are some quick photos (the obligatory photo with the lamp light reflected in the finish):
Tomorrow I will probably glue the neck on and then level and dress the frets.