Finishing a bound body

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  1. camilonavarro27

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    So I’m sure this has been answered before, but I’m planning on getting an unfinished double bound body for my next project. I was wondering is I’m supposed to lacquer over the binding or not. I’m sure I’ll have to tape it up when applying the color coats, but what about the finishing lacquer coats?

    I’m fairly new to partscasters and diy guitars so any advice would be extremely helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. Wyatt

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    You can tape it off some, but the edges are usually scrapped after the color coats. After that it gets clear coated with the rest



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    It takes practice and I haven't practiced near enough.
     
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    Yes, Scraping is tough! Might do some damage. I like to Tape. If you can get 1/4" Tape, it is easier. Make sure you see just a hint of Binding, or you will see a void of the color. 0000 steel wool off any excess. Try not to expand removal, over the binding. I have used a piece of sandpaper also.
     
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    This has just been discussed on several recent threads but I'll go over it again. I mask the tall sides of binding with 1/4 pin strip masking tape (auto parts store) and do any staining or color coats. On wood binding I paint a couple of coats of vinyl sealer on the short top part of the binding with an artists brush, for plastic binding just leave it. Follow the recommendations for the wood you have whether it needs pore filling or not. Seal as required and spray any color coats right over the binding.

    When the color has dried pull the masking tape taking care to pull it away from the paint seam. If it seams to be lifting the color you might want to score with a razor blade. Scrape the short edge of the binding and clean up any color that snuck under the tape with a sharp blade. You will end up with a little ledge between the color and the binding, that is OK and will get blended when you spray your clear.

    Do the clear as normal right over binding and everything, the ledge should go away with enough coats. Let dry, wet sand and buff as usual.

    Bound guitar body taped off. This is a set neck guitar so the neck if finished on it, with a screw on neck you do them separate

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    Color going on, you can see the masking tape

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    Scrape any color that got on the binding

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    Tip the blade at 45 degrees or so and scrape the short top edge of the binding

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    Shoot the clear right over the binding, wet sand and buff

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    Thanks! I’ll be sure to try it out
     
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    Scraping seems like a pain in the ass, but thanks for the insight. I’ll be sure to follow your advice. And thanks for summarizing what could’ve been a rather long discussion!
     
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    Yeah seems like a lot of work, hopefully it comes out well. Thanks!
     
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    Scraping might be a pain in the ass but that is the traditional way it has been done at the Gibson factory.
     
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    If you set up the razor blade carefully (some folks make a little wooden handle/guide that limits how far the blade can stick out and holds it at the right angle), scraping is not too stressful and it's gratifying to get that perfect crisp line. ;-)
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    Seems a bit excessive, but not a bad idea. I’ll probably end up trying something similar lol
     
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    It's totally worth fashioning little tools and jigs that help you prevent screw-ups! Don't ask me how I know. :oops:

    That one's really simple to make: cut a piece of dowel, saw a slot in the end, drill a hole through it perpendicular to the slot. A bolt and a wing nut and a blade and you got it.
     
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