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Finish work on guitar

I am working on a warmoth VW body and want to know in detail on dying the body and finishing. Any advice will be appreciated.
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Re: Finish work on guitar

12/6/2000 12:47 PM

Dave Wendler (2201) wrote:

What kind of wood are you using?

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Re: Finish work on guitar

12/6/2000 6:35 PM

Tony Boyd (189) wrote:

It's a curly maple top on mahogany.

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Re: Finish work on guitar

12/6/2000 9:08 PM

Dave Wendler (2201) wrote:

Each wood presents it's own set of problems and solutions. First, you need to determine the finishing paint you will use. Traditional is nitrocellulose lacquer. Difficult to learn to use, and lots of solvent involved(DANGEROUS!!). Easy to use if you have experience and the equipment to go with it.

I use a water based polyurethane, and although I use an HVLP system(low pressure spray), I have done several using a good brush and then sanding level.

Glossy tung is oil very pretty, if not as shiny as the others. Very easy to apply, if time consuming.

You will need a grain filler for the mahogany, and if you want a dark color on the maple, plan on learning to use a toner(transparent color in the finish).

When you figure out what kind of finish you want to apply, let me know and we'll continue....