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Has anyone here used Minwax Polycrylic on a sparkle guitar?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by JAckal66, Mar 1, 2020.

  1. Buckocaster51

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    I have not “sprayed” flake since I found the Flakebuster II.
     
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    Wow !! Thanks for the info.
    And a special thanks to @sleazy pot pie
    For contacting the manufacturer.
    It looks like I'll be trying the EM7000.

    I'm on the same page as @Buckocaster51 .
    I won't spray the metal flake.
    My method is spray a color coat.
    Then spray a sticky clear coat.
    Before it dries, sprinkle the metal flake with a shaker designed for pizza-pepper.
    Then, start building up the clear.

    Thanks again everyone!!
     
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    Interesting...using the shaker for the flake makes sense. ;)

    I think you'll like the EM7000, JA'. I've used the EM6000 for years as well as its predecessors and started in with the EM7000 on my very first guitar build last year.
     
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    Something I noticed on their website..
    They claim the 6000 is clear \ amber????
    Maybe they misquoted this.
    I'll try to find it and share.
    All other info says it's clear???
     
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    I saw several reports of people putting around 15 coats of the 7000 on wood to get a real deep clear.
    It melts into previous layers real well.
    Sanding between coats is optional.
     
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    One of the big complaints over time with waterborne finishes is that they historically have had a "colder" look to them. Target's EM6000 was formulated to emulate solvent based lacquers, both with "burn in" as well as having a warm color. That's likely the reference to a slight amber. They are clear, but not quite as "dead looking" as many other waterborne products including the one in the title of this thread.
     
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    I do not sand between coats for these finishes...other than lightly knocking off any "nubbies" after the initial coat or two if it went on bare wood due to grain raise. Now if one screws up a bit and gets too much orange peel...leveling prior to spraying final coats can make for less work of "finishing the finish"...the same as for any other kind of product one might spray regardless of type.
     
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    @Jim_in_PA
    Thanks for all the info.
    I saw where some say that the colder finishes have an almost 'blue' tint.
    I guess that's what the phrasing means.

    Usually when clear coating over glitter, it takes 6 or so coats to fill -in.
    Even the best coverage has orange peel from starting with such an uneven surface..
    This 7000 sounds great.
    I can put 8 or 10 coats, then start sanding between a few coats.
    Thanks again EVERYONE for all the great info.
     
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    Obviously, nobody here is talking about a finish that has any musical advantages, or even positives, to it, so once that concept is down the toilet, I think you're looking at an amount of build that will allow your flakes to occupy some 3D space (= shimmer reflections) instead of just sticking flat. I would never put poly on a guitar, period, but I do use it for custom stompboxes and have found Minwax Polycrylic to be thinner than many high-build polys. I like it for that reason, but think it probably gives less depth than other polys might.
     
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