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HELP WITH DYING A GUITAR

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Megadethking851, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    Don't sand against the grain, you'll leave scratches that will show up when you finish. Maple is not an open pore wood, so no worries about pore filling. Use a block with your sandpaper so you sand it flat. 220 or 320 is good, just don't dig in real hard, you're just removing the 'flags' that raise when you dampen the wood.
     

  2. Vizcaster

    Vizcaster Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2007
    Glen Head, NY
    Easily - because there's a fine line between opaque paint and a translucent toner or shader coat. if you're spraying the color in the finish material you can put on light coats until you sneak up on the color that you want. Ordinarily you'd use pigment in the lacquer to get an opaque paint, and dye mixed into it for a translucent color. If you want the grain figure to pop, apply dye to the bare wood (for instance the base color yellow or amber on the flame maple top). If you want an even color, then apply it in the color coats (for instance the burst around the edges of the top).

    Most commercially made furniture has almost all of the color applied in the finish and not in the wood, in order to get consistent and predictable results (particularly when they don't have to match the wood color when picking lumber for each part). Guitars are more carefully made with attention to wood selection to match color and grain.
     

  3. tominwa

    tominwa Tele-Meister

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    Sep 15, 2016
    Olympia, Wa
    ya echo above. If you don't know what you are doing dye is very difficult to do. Massive practice with exact wood you will be using. I use milk paint and wash it down to the level I want. Make sure you mix up a big batch because if you run out you will never get the exact color again. Different parts of the wood will absorb differently as well. I would suggest taking in to a cabinet shop and let them do it.
     

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