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Choosing a finish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gus K Apr 22. 28 Replies

Spruce top, maple sides, oak fretboard, maple neck. Trying to choose a clear finish that will preserve the wood, especially the spruce top... would prefer to use the same finish on…Continue

 

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Gus K replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"I couple coats of Danish Oil followed by a few coats of Minwax Satin Lacquer, which has the best spray tip and the smoothest end result.  The Minwax alone works great on paper boxes."
Apr 22
Lane Martin replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"I've used boiled linseed oil and sprayed on multiple light coats of shellac (out of a rattle can.) No issues with that finish."
Apr 21
John Sawyer replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Linseed, danish and tung oils are well known for spontaneous combustion... There are many documented cases of garage fires from a rag... a friend recently lost his garage, and nearly his house to a pile of oily rags. His garage door was open, the…"
Apr 21
Edward Gnarleson replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Let me say up front I do not play myself and am new to guitar building. I am now working on my #11 since deciding to build a few for grandchildren starting back in November. I am a retired professional boat (yacht) builder so do know a few things…"
Apr 20
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"lol.. i  just  copied  and pasted your big picture  ;-)  i do that  for folks sometimes  so others can see  it in real size in description  without clicking etc  .   odd that it accepts  a…"
Apr 19
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Apr 19
Moritz Voegeli replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"There's no more a mistery behind Stradivarius' lacquers, check «Secret behind the composition of the varnish on Stradivari violins…"
Apr 19
JL replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"My latest go-to has been a rattle-can of spray shellac quick and easy and dries fast.  and yes the finish does impart character to the tone and timber, the search is still on for the secret formula that Stradivarius used"
Apr 19
Taffy Evans replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Hi, I gave a detailed reply but it's gone missing. Two points of note tho. Many many Highly regarded luthiers use shellac "French Polish" on their very very expensive guitars. There is a product called Hard Shellac, but it is made…"
Apr 18
Hal Robertson replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"I think what Taffy is demonstrating is micro thin coats - several of them, sanded in between. It's gotta be fairly thin 'cause I can still see shadows from the wood grain (beautiful stuff, btw). Even the nitrocellulose they use on…"
Apr 18
Kigar commented on Toban's photo
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"You mean that is not a 9" scale?  It seems like any photo that is cropped or rotated doesn't show right unless the proportions are what the site expects."
Apr 18
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Why does this site insist on screwing up images that are rotated when shot?
Apr 18
Kigar replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Ok, now you're just showing off! That is an awesome guitar! And does shellac need a top coat like wax or is it optional?"
Apr 18
Taffy Evans replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Hi, I find the thickness of shellac coats is really governed by the ratio of shellac flakes to metholated spirits and the number of coats applied. I use a thickness that possibly could not be measured. And light sanding between coats gives a very…"
Apr 18
Taffy Evans replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"Hi all, I am surprised that nobody has used Shellac. probably one of the oldest finishes. Easy to mix as required Easy to apply by brush or pad Dries very quick easily sandable great for pore /grain filling Ok under most finishes I've used I…"
Apr 18
John Sawyer replied to Toban's discussion Choosing a finish
"I've used all kinds of oil finishes.. unfortunately, it's harder to get Tru-oil in CA anymore...  ugh. Do be careful with ANY oil finish... lay out your rags flat to dry, or in a metal paint can... these things can catch fire...…"
Apr 18

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