acetone for binding...

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  1. funkymann1

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    anyone use acetone for binding on a body with a glued vaneer top?...i used tightbond 3 for the top which is just waterproof tightbond & im worried if i use acetone it may loosen the vaneer on the edges...i think i remember ron kirn saying he uses a small artist brush to apply it...should i put a generous amount enough so its dripping off the wood?...the binding is stew mac .060...i just dont want to waste a good top & at the same time i want it to stick...
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    It will be fine, but apply the acetone to the binding. In the amount of time it takes to brush it on, put the brush down, and press the binding into place, the acetone has already created a layer goop, so the glue should be just fine. You don't want the acetone dripping everywhere, just a good brushing.
     
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    The acetone should soften the back side of the binding and when it re-hardens, it should adhere to the wood.

    I find that using Cyanoacrylate, while taking some practice to do neatly, does a more positive job of it.

    That said, there are several methods and adhesives used for gluing bindings, all of them valid and with pros and cons.

    The trick is finding the one that fits your headspace.

    One adhesive used quite a bit... Fish glue :lol: it kind of smells like rotten cat food when wet.
     
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    And dissolve some binding scraps in a small jar with acetone to use as filler for little gaps that always seem to appear.
     
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    Mate, no problem. Liberal amount of acetone that has some binding shavings "melted" into it and that IMHO is the best way of doing your binding. Stay away from the mess of CA glue.
     
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    yeah, I went with Acetone a handful of years ago, never looked back... it was like, OMG, there IS a muse for luthiers...

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Yup, only way to go in my opinion. There's always a chance of a spill with CA, which can go on to risk your finish. The end result of using acetone is plastic fused into wood. No finish issues to be had.
     
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    Sweet looking guitar Ron (as always mate)! Where do you source your binding and pickguard for that? Tortoise shell that's worth using, can be hard to get. I had a Jazz Bass pickguard from one of the major suppliers that I would never use it was that bad.
     
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    actually that came from Allparts, they DO have some celluloid products.

    and yep ya have to be careful.. some of that stuff is silk screened. . really looks ratty..

    r
     
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    thanks mate I'll check them out. And lesson learned!
     
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    I like this technique. Starts at 4:15.

     
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    That bottle looks plastic...how the hell can acetone stay in there????lol
     
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    I like Fletch's videos. Learned a lot from him.
     
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    Polypropylene is good for solvent bottles as they are not affected by most solvents.
     
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    I bind all guitars with plastic binding with just acetone, I personally apply it liberally to the channel with an acid brush.

    -Austin
     
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