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Electrajet-inspired build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by flatfive, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. ievans

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    Glenn, I basically agree with Marty that you should be able to dial-in your gun by adjusting the spray pattern, air volume, and flow.

    The best way I know to adjust these 3 vectors is to start off with the flow control closed, the fan set to medium, and the pressure set to 40 PSI with the trigger pulled. Then point the gun at a piece of scrap and:
    1. Open the flow control a quarter turn at a time until you're getting enough material to flow on the test panel.
    2. Adjust the fan up or down to control the width.
    3. Readjust the flow control to make a wet coat that doesn't sag.
    4. Adjust the pressure at the gun to control overspray.
    5. Readjust the flow control.
     
  2. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks a lot, guys, your suggestions are really helpful. :)

    It looks like weather here might permit spraying over
    the weekend, so I'll try thinning the lacquer a bit
    more and adjusting the gun some more.
     
  3. flatfive

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    I sprayed what may be the last coats today. If weather is good
    tomorrow I'll try to spray a few coats then.

    I thinned the lacquer a bit more, but less than 50%, and it definitely
    flowed better. I didn't experiment too much with the gun since
    it has been spraying pretty well, and time is short for spraying.

    After the last coats it is smooth enough that I could almost skip
    final sanding and go straight to buffing.

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    You get a pretty good view of the street in the last shot.

    I'm anxious to put this baby together but am telling myself
    not to rush the last finishing steps!
     
  4. Mojotron

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    It is looking great!!
     
  5. flatfive

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    Thanks, Mojo. Put a couple more coats on today, and in a
    couple of weeks we'll see if I put enough finish on.
     
  6. flatfive

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    Almost done wet-sanding the finish:

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    No sand-throughs! :cool:
     
  7. flatfive

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    Get ready for it... (or avert your eyes if you hate glossy finishes)

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    Sad to think it's all downhill from here for this finish! :neutral:
     
  8. plpicher

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    This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Congrats!
     
  9. JASS

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    This thread and Greg V's clip are the two ingredients that drove me to buy two electrajets hehehe. Awesome looking body!! Have a neck for it yet?
     
  10. dazzaman

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    No risk of my eyes being averted. Fantastic wood and finish.
     
  11. adirondak5

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    Wow , looks great Glenn , what is your buffing method and what compounds/polish did you use ?
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, and nice to see you around.

    Two Electrajets! Nice. I have a two piece maple/pau ferro neck that
    I'm planning to use for this. The build of the neck can be found here.

    Thanks. I'm happy with the kerlian burl veneer. I'm a little
    surprised we don't see veneer used more around here, as it
    allows you to use beautiful and unusual woods without spending
    much. I paid something like $40 for a sampling of veneers
    enough for maybe 10 guitars.

    Thanks, Herb. I should have said something about the process.
    I wet sanded with 400/600/800/1000/1200/1500/2000 per
    Reranch 101, using water with a couple of drops of detergent.
    I did fight clogging of the paper sometimes. In the past I've
    used mineral spirits, but don't like the smell.

    Then I used 3M Finesse It II on a cheapo Turtle Wax buffer.
    Exactly like in the basswood tele I finished a couple of weeks
    ago, this left the finish glossy but with some noticeable scratches.
    I then tried 3M Rubbing Compound with the buffer but scratches
    still remained, so finallly I applied the rubbing compound by hand
    and the scratches came out pretty easily.

    The 3M rubbing compound left the finish super glossy. Afterward
    I applied Finesse It II by hand but you could barely see a
    difference.

    I'm not sure why I have scratches after buffing. I tried to be
    very careful in being thorough with each grit when sanding.
    Maybe I wasn't careful enough about keeping the paper clog-free?
    The other thought is that I'm not buffing with enough pressure,
    or for long enough. Funny that the rubbing compound quite
    quickly removes the scratches when I apply it by hand.

    The Turtle Wax buffer could also be the problem. I got it on
    a recommendation, but I notice the person who recommended
    it has switched to something else. :p
     
  13. Guitarnut

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    Looking beautiful!!! Great look and great finish!

    Well done.

    Mark
     
  14. hockeygoon

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    Gorgeous, that is a stunning finish and a great looking guitar.
     
  15. H_E_Boy

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    That's looking very nice, flatfive :) Would you mind if I posted a pic of my build in this thread?
     
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    Cue wild applause. :D
     
  17. flatfive

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    Mark, hockeygoon, H_E_Boy, and Maricopa -- thanks. H_E_Boy,
    feel free to post a pic of your build here.

    Moving to the neck; all it needs is finish and fret leveling. Here's a
    pic after the frets were installed:

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    (It's a pau ferro fingerboard on maple. Details of the neck build are in this thread.)

    Think I'll use Tru-Oil again. Too cold here for lacquer, and I do
    love the feel of a Tru-Oiled neck.
     
  18. H_E_Boy

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    That neck's looking good too, flatfive!

    Here's where my ElectraJet style build is currently:

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    This is a one-piece Swamp Ash body. I'm going to put three mini humbuckers in there. The neck is a custom build from Warmoth and is a plain ebony board over mahogany with a reverse lefty Tele headstock.

    It's now being filled ready for its nitro lacquer.
     
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    Wow, FF... its looking absolutely beautiful.
     
  20. crazydave911

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    What a sweet finish on that body Glenn :), man I wish I had that kind of patience. It's almost enough for me seeing you and Herb do it, such class ;). BTW, glad to see you haven't been blown off the homestead, we've dealt with that here too :eek:
     
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