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Swamp Ash: what finish would you do?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Peckhammer, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Peckhammer

    Peckhammer Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Dec 1, 2014
    Natural, stain, paint, pickle, shellac, true oil?

    What would you do to this swamp ash body if it were yours?

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  2. Marn99

    Marn99 Tele-Meister

    Nov 25, 2016
    Brookfield, WI
    I would go blonde Nitrocellulose lacquer!

  3. sfcmark

    sfcmark Tele-Meister

    Apr 17, 2011
    Augusta, GA
    Last one like I had like that - Reranch Butterscotch Blonde. If you go that route, stop before it gets too yellow. The color intensity builds quickly; mine took less than three coats.

    Next one (for me) will be Mary Kaye white.

    Whatever you do, don't cover that beautiful grain.
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  4. Peckhammer

    Peckhammer Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Dec 1, 2014
    What grain filler would you suggest?

  5. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    Transparent seafoam/surf green or daphne blue! Something like this but with that bit of blue or green added :D[​IMG]
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  6. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    3 coats of Behlen's Sanding sealer sanded back to 320 after final coat, blonde or burst to taste. Then coats of Behlen's nitro clear. Go thru sanding schedule. Polish to high gloss finish.
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  7. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    I would want a transparent black on that sanded back to accentuate the grain.
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  8. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    I wouldn't because the originals weren't but if only want to intensify the grain coming through I would go with Timbermate. Water based, non toxic, reuse the dust just by adding water. It makes its own sauce. :) I smells like band aids!

    Just seal the body before applying and again after its completely dry.

  9. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    Clear nitro or Tru Oil, single ply black pickguard.
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  10. sfcmark

    sfcmark Tele-Meister

    Apr 17, 2011
    Augusta, GA
    I used the oil-based grain filler (natural) from Reranch. They don't offer tinted filler any more, or I might have tried dark walnut to accentuate the grain. As it is, the grain is pretty nice on mine without the contrast.

    You can also order oil-based filler direct from Mohawk. They have the light (natural), mahogany, and walnut. Their price isn't bad either, but if memory serves, it's only in quarts. That's a LOT of grain filler.

    Oh, and to amend my earlier post, the Reranch BSB took less than TWO coats (three passes each). Three coats would have yielded a monstrosity.

  11. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    I grain fill with lacquer.

  12. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2011
    clinton, ia
    Definitely something that doesn't hide the grain. That thing is purdy! The grain has a delicate look to it in a way or like flowing water or something. I like it!
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  13. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    May 15, 2017
    With such beautiful grain I would apply a dark grainfiller on the whole thing - sand back that filler only is left in the pores - then apply some stain - then Tru Oil finish... definately pop the grain and don't hide it under a semi transparent finish!

    I used a dark mahagony porefiller and mahagony stain :

    I'm currently finishing an Ash Tele with black grainfiller :
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017
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  14. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2014
    Wow. Gorgeous!

  15. fenderrookie

    fenderrookie A fan of Leo!

    Jul 12, 2005
    east of East St Louis
    I would go with a Mary Kaye white to a very lightly tinted butterscotch.
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  16. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    I like natural on that baby
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  17. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Meister

    I like to let the natural beauty of the wood show itself; and that's a nice looking piece of wood you've got there.

    I'm finishing up a similar one now (roasted ash), with a simple, easy finish. A couple coats of shellac to seal, Aqua Coat grain filler, a couple more coats of shellac, then multiple coats of Tru Oil followed by a "polish" with a broken down piece of tan Scotch Brite (ultra-fine) and Johnson's paste wax. Done, and looks pretty good. No spray rig needed and no brain cell killing fumes. I've probably already killed off more of my brain cells than the average bear, so I'm trying to hang onto the few I've got left ;)!!

    edit: I just noticed the West Systems epoxy lurking in your photo. What are your plans for that stuff? I've used it with wooden boat construction and liked it pretty well for that purpose.

    Best Regards,
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017
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  18. McCart

    McCart TDPRI Member

    Mar 12, 2016

    I use Old Masters oil based filler. It can be tinted with transtints. It works down into the small pores better than anything else I have used. It doesn't shrink real bad either.
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  19. erickrehemker

    erickrehemker TDPRI Member

    Jul 15, 2017
    The grain is beautiful so I would want that to show through. MAybe a natural sunburst finish. Thats the way I would go.

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