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Old July 7th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AQUA FORTIS

Has anyone experimented with aqua fortis on curly maple on a guitar? It's the stuff the 18th century gun makers used on their Pennsylvania (Kentucky) rifles.

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Old July 7th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks great on those old rifles. Maybe l should try a neck.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just read on Wikipedia about Aqua Fortis and it seems to be quite corrosive. I don't think I would want to be playing with that stuff!
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Old July 8th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What a pain to apply and finish it seems (thank you YouTube).
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Old July 19th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have finished a guitar in aquafortis.

Hey guys and gals,

I know that this is way late (please excuse me) but I actually just finished my kit guitar with aqua fortis and darkened it up with birchwood casey walnut stain. Then I topped it off with about 40 coats of Tru Oil and then polished it with meguiars compound and polish for a nice finish. I know its not a telecaster, but will give you a good idea of what it could look like.
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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice looking guitar albear. Why not start your own thread?
I'm sure lots of us would like to know more about it.


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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome Albear, did you denature the solvent after applying?
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Old July 20th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks src9000 I will do that!! :)

I'm not sure I understand exactly what your talking about with the denaturing, but I applied the aqua fortis and waited until it dried, the applied a heat gun until I got the desired darkness. Then, coated the top with a damp clothe, sanded with steal wool, applied birch wood Casey walnut stain (water based) and waited for it to dry. More to come in another thread...
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