June 16th, 2012, 08:18 PM
I picked up an '06 Fender USA body here on TDPRI that was already stripped down to the wood. I cleaned it up, sanded it down nice to 600 grit, applied several coats of sanding sealer from The Guitar Reranch, sanded down to 800 grit and now I've applied the Mary Kay translucent white in a rattle can from Reranch as well. Well, pre nitro, I'm not seeing the grain like I'd like. I've done half a dozen Butterscotch blond bodies and they all have come out nice. Will the nitro bring out the grain more? That is, I can see the grain through the white and if the nitro will make it pop, then I'll leave it alone. If I can sand it back and reapply the MK white, lighter, than maybe I'll do that. Got half a can left. appreciate your thoughts http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac42/hardie775/001-4.jpg http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac42/hardie775/002-3.jpg http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac42/hardie775/003-3.jpg http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac42/hardie775/004-3.jpg
June 16th, 2012, 10:05 PM
June 16th, 2012, 11:25 PM
I'm going to try and do a Mary Kaye on a body I recently bought. I recall using Danish oil after sanding, then scraping makes the grain stand out but that's an old recollection. The last time I did this was around 88... I think you might have gone too heavy also. Remember it's like a white sunburst. I think you have to start over.....I asked the same question under the title "making the grain pop" a few days ago and someone posted a handy video. Thanks Sheperd!
June 17th, 2012, 12:18 AM
The clear coat won't bring out any more grain. You'll have to sand back and apply a lighter/thinner color coat if you want the grain to show.
June 17th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Like the others said adding clear wont make a difference. The Mary Kay is translucent to a point but if you apply too much it become opaque. I've been burned a few times too where I thought "just one more coat" and ended up having to start over. Now when I get close to where I want it I leave it for a day and then decide if I really need that last coat.
June 17th, 2012, 12:00 PM
That's where I'm at now Shepard. Yesterday I sanded it back, "a bit", with 320-400 grit and then tried applying a gentle coat, let it sit overnight and this morning decided to take it all the way back to the SS. I've got about 1/3 to 2/5's can of MK white left, should be way more than I need. I'll go light and sit on it for a bit. I had hoped it would settle a bit and that the grain mite come through, but that was just me dreamin. I wouldn't be so critical, but being a '06 Fender USA body, I'm really wantin to dial this one in sweet.