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Best Finish for this Guitar?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by DrGnosis, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. DrGnosis

    DrGnosis TDPRI Member

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    Greetings... This isn't about a Tele, but I find this forum to be way more active and informative than others.

    I have a neck-through build where I want a rustic barn wood type finish (see picture). I originally planned for a high-gloss nitro finish, but I'm thinking it wouldn't really go with the rustic look.

    For the top coat, I have at my disposal: 1) Formby's Tung Oil (wiping varnish), 2) high-gloss nitro, and 3) shellac.

    I was thinking of going with the wiping varnish but was thinking the durability of the finish wouldn't be nearly that which can be obtained with nitro.

    My question is: what would you suggest as a top coat? Could I add a few layers off nitro over the wiping varnish? Could I go just with nitro and just stop sanding at say 1000?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. adamkoop

    adamkoop Tele-Meister

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    Feb 18, 2016
    Halifax
    I'd sand it as smooth as you can get it, and the hit it with tung oil. I love the satin finish it gives after a couple coats, and I like that the grain texture still stays intact.
     
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  3. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Meister

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    Aug 23, 2015
    uk
    I would use shellac on its own or with a top coat of nitro
     

  4. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Meister

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    Nice bra.......err....guitar! :p
     
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  5. DrGnosis

    DrGnosis TDPRI Member

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    lol... I hadn't even noticed. She's lucky no aniline wood dye got on it!
     

  6. DrGnosis

    DrGnosis TDPRI Member

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    Boston, MA
    Just in case anyone is wondering about how I did the finish (I know, it's not a finish that everyone would want/like)...
    1. I wet the guitar and sanded the raised grain 3 times.
    2. I bleached the entire guitar (African mahogany wings, maple neck) twice with Zinsser A/B solution bleach, neutralized the bleach with white vinegar, and sanded away the leftover solids and any raised grain with 320 grit.
    3. To add some texture, I vigorously rubbed the guitar with a household cleaning brush (plastic bristles) -- with the grain for the most part.
    4. I had some Georgian Brown Mahogany aniline dye powder, so I made a water-based solution, and dyed the guitar.
    5. The color wasn't quite warm enough, so I made a solution from some Medium Yellow Amber aniline dye I had lying around and dyed it a second time with that.
    I still plan on filling the grain (and hopefully some of the marks from the brush) with a dark brown/black grain filler.

    Easy peasy.
     

  7. gourmetsaint

    gourmetsaint Tele-Meister

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    May 17, 2017
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    Agreed and finish with 0000 steel wool for the silky look.
     
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