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Deegatron Builds an Abomination

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Deegatron, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

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    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    Alright, almost done. about 5 coats of gloss on here and leveled to 400 grit. looking a bit more "rustic" than I was expecting...
    Just one coat of "satin" for both the neck and body is left and then I can wait for a bit and then assemble.
    Quick little mockup to see what things will look like once assembled...
    Supposed to be nice this weekend so hoping to get that coat on....
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    What I really like about waterbased poly. it's absolutely clear. no yellowing whatsoever.
    What I don't like, the kind I'm using needs an hour between coats and I only have about an hour per night to work so only 1 coat per night... it's been exhausting to get enough coats on there....
    Next time I'm buying the EM6000
     

  2. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta

  3. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

    200
    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    I may just need to try that... yes... indeed.... I think the next one's going to have a tung oil finish but I'll keep this in mind for my next build after that.
    how long do you find this stuff lasts? I've heard all water based products have a shelf life of about 1 year and I think that's been causing me issues with my current build (I'm using and old can)
     

  4. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    I buy it by the quart so it doesn't hang around very long. I just sprayed with lacquer from last fall and it was fine. I keep it in a warm place over winter. I would think any lacquer would have a limited shelf life. Where are you located?
     

  5. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

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    Oct 18, 2013
    Maryland
    This is a term I have not used, but needed. i.e. my Kramer Pacer Deluxe that doesn't have any electronics or pickguard at the moment. Gonna use it in conversation from here on out.
     

  6. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

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    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    Your probably right... I'm in Edmonton Alberta so it gets cold as balls here but I've got a heated garage so I would expect it should be fine. coldest it would ever get is 10 deg C.
     

  7. Greg M

    Greg M Tele-Holic

    912
    Sep 4, 2003
    Virginia
    You use that Varithane stuff on guitars? How is it?
     

  8. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    I'm 3 hours south of you and it's been a hard one this year. I want El Nino back where I can be in the garage in February!! Mine is not heated.
     

  9. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Judge for yourself

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    Then again I DID apply it a in an unconventional manner lol
     

  10. Greg M

    Greg M Tele-Holic

    912
    Sep 4, 2003
    Virginia
    It looks great! How is the application and sanding and all that?
     

  11. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

    200
    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    I'm not sure if it's dust nibs or the spray gun is spitting or if it's because the can is old or what the issue is but whenever I spray the stuff I get little bumps everywhere. I'm fairly certain that the gun is setup right as it will be smooth as glass between all the little bumps.
    the other issue I find is that it's hard to put on a wet coat without causing runs. too thin and it goes on all pebbly... there is a sweet spot, and then it starts running hard...
    the sweet spot is very small... but maybe that's my inexperience spraying.... I dunno....
    All in all I've not had much luck with the varathane... also, I find it's not as hard as it says its supposed to be. can easily dent with my fingernail after it's fully cured.
     

  12. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    I poured it on as they do with butcher blocks.It was for the 2012 Build Challenge but I did not finish on time, though I did finish the thread and the guitar
     
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  13. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

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    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    Nearly complete, just finished cavity shielding and pressing in the string ferrules. wont be long now....
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  14. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I used Varathane on my first Tele build in 1989 and it's still soft.
     

  15. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    59
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    I bought mine on the recommendation of a friend who used it in refinishing a bowling ally. I bought a gallon unlike my friend who used 5 gallon buckets but immediately broke it down into quarts and used them one at a time and have yet to use it all.I would have to refer to my thread for the exact brand but it is hard a rock now :)
     

  16. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Well I'm glad it worked out for ya
    That just wasn't my experience with that guitar and some furniture I built.

     

  17. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    59
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
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    I found the clearest picture, this is the good stuff

    Of course HOW I applied it MAY have played a roll, you never know
     
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  18. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

    200
    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    Sorry for the lack of updates. I failed hard at magnetizing the pickups. couldn't find any magnets locally that were large / strong enough to get the job done. ordered a set from china... and well... they're still not even here yet.
    had a conversation with a fellow builder a couple weeks ago and asked if he was setup to magnetize single coil pickups. his answer was "no, but I have a buddy that owns a magnet store...." so got myself a set of neo 1" dia x 1/2" thick magnets... man, I was not expecting them to be THAT strong... those things are SAVAGE. either way. got the pickups magnetized and ready... hopefully... this is my first set of pickups so I'm not entirely sure what to expect.
    Spent the last couple days doing the fretwork... man I hate fretwork... but, it's done and this seems to be some of my best fretwork yet. I really need to buy a notched straight edge and a precision machined leveling beam... but for now, Im getting really good results with the tools I have so it's tough to justify the expense....

    Interesting tidbid about stainless fretwire and crowning tools. I've done several fret dresses with my trusty fret file and I've found that SS does NOT damage the diamond crowning file. What it does do is quickly load up the file with SS dust that almost solidifies on there and is nearly impossible to remove. The file then looks like all of the diamond abrasive is missing as it's covered by the stainless dust.... A brush (even a metal brush for cleaning files will not remove the dust).... The only viable way I've found of removing it is a little bit of nail polish remover on a sponge or makup pad. couple swipes and your good to go again. you need to do this on almost every fret...

    Here she is all strung up. still needs to have the pickups wired in and the setup completed but almost there.....
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