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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by The Crash Cowboy, Apr 4, 2019.
... I forgot to paint this little sucker ... The last drops from the can.
And you still have wood grain visible, which I like. Is it enough already?
My friend (whom I am building this bass for) just saw it, and we’re both very happy with the colour as it is now. The wood grain is supposed to stay visible, that’s why we chose to use the transparent lacquer. If you look close at the Fender Signature, you’ll see the finish is transparent too.
Tomorrow I’ll add some clear coats.
I don’t quite understand it yet ... do I have to sand tomorrow before adding the clear lacquer layers ? And what grit do you recommend ? I don’t want to risk sanding trough the colour layer that’s on it now. So maybe very light, with 1000 grit, just to smoothen the colour layers a bit ? Or can I simply add some clear coats without sanding first ?
The butterscotch layer is very thin, and there's just a fine orange peel and no irregularities worth mentioning.
No Sanding between color and clear! If you and you friend are happy with your color just shoot the clear right on it.
Man, what would I do without your help !
I guess it needs a lot of thin layers of clear to build a nice finish ?
Yep, as you can see in your pic there are actually still a lot of unfilled pores, but you can get them to fill with lacquer if you like. Did you get those runs/pooling off the control cover? I know you wrote that your and your friend are both happy with the color but if you are trying to replicate the finish in your original picture, you probably want just a little bit of opacity (if that's a word) in the color, so you can slowly build it to that "sort of" transparent look.
Yep, it could have had one or two more Z-Poxy layers. It looked smooth before spraying. Something to keep in mind the next time.
LOL yes I did !
I chose to keep the grain more visible than on the Fender Signature, though I can't tell if on that guitar it's just the wood (ash) that shows less grain, or if the paint layer is 'thicker'. We like the straight grain lines of the abachi wood a lot, that's why we decided to leave it like it is now. If I could do it all over again I would have the grain of the patch follow the direction of the grain of the body better than it does now; it's a bit off. But I guess the strings will 'hide' that.
I learned a lot while building this one ! Time to put on the clear today !
Here’s what I mean by the grain direction of the patch (between pickup and bridge). It’s off compared to the straight grain lines of the body, but when the strings are on it, the eye corrects that somehow. There could have been worse places to put in a patch. If you don’t know it’s there, you won’t see it.
Good point about the strings hiding the patch too - they certainly do. As you said they trick the eye into seeing "straightness."
... and you aren't goint to do the patch again, are you?
Not much to see today; 5 or 6 coats of clear nitro.
Some details for the real fanatics, after 5 layers of butterscotch blonde and 6 or 7 clear coats of nitro lacquer.
I’ll spray some more clear tomorrow. After that she needs some weeks to harden the paint to polish, so I’ll be back then !
In the meantime I’ll be working on my first acoustic guitar. But ... that’s not a Tele ...
The last clear coats. See you in some weeks for polishing and assembly !
I enjoyed the ride !
I love that grain !