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I made a stupid mistake when making one of my cbg, I made the cbg backwards (I kicked myself for it), cut the wrong side so the logo is upside down. It’s a all wood box with no stickers on it, the logo on top looks like it is printed on it or burnt on, it looks like it can be sanded off easily.
Here’s what I thought I could do with this cbg:
1. I could sell it for a left handed person or
2. I could paint the top of the box to cover the logo
Question is: What kind of paint works best for a wood cigar box and do you think this is what I should do or keep it for a left hander?
I used some water based varnish and after the quoted "drying time" it peeled off with masking tape. "New and Better" isn't.
Can't go wrong with semi-gloss spray laquer, (imnsho).
Never use waterbase poly its cheap but it sucks,. Good poly on necks, Thick coat of poly will kill the tone of your box. Japan make guitars with poly finish, amrerica make guitars with lacquer. If your building a solid body it may not matter, but if it's acoustic it will. You want it to sound like wood not plastic.
i couldn't agree with you more on the waterbase varnish, guy in the shop kept pushing it but if you try to overcoat spirit based woodstain you can get some annoying results .if you can wait the required time use proper varnish ..or oil, but lets not go there on this post ....;)
can you trim the lid off the hinge and flip the lid right side up?
I've recently started making my own boxes and spray painting. Here's one:
I've got a buddy at work who refinishes old jukeboxes. I was telling him of a finishing problem and he asked if I was using Varathane brand spray paint. Yep! It takes awhile for Varathane to cure (as opposed to dry). I really like the way it sprayed and the way it looks, but had some frustration when paint "dry" for days picked up a fingerprint. One even picked up some carpet fuzz <grr!>.
Same guy said if you apply VERY thin coats and SLOWLY build to a nice finish, Varathane will cure. However, he much prefers Krylon from Wally World.
OK... so I just tried Rustoleum for a clear finish on a Don Tomas box. It seems to have cured much faster.
what ever you have to do like all the other wall hanger builders