May 12th, 2012, 11:26 AM
I have an alder body without much grain to it. I want to do a finish that is a tinted Mary Kaye to look like a transparent Sonic Blue. I thought I should see if I could darken the grain and sand it back to make it pop a bit more. No such luck. The effect was negligible, and now all the end grain at the body's tail and in the cutaways looks terribly streaky. I have sanded the hell out of it, and I don't seem able to return it to it's natural state. Short of going down to 80 grit and shaving off a 1/4" of the body, any suggestions as to how to get this looking better? I used a dark Trans Tint, FWIW. Should I try bleaching the ends, or something similar?