How Do I Get This Finish?

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  1. SmashingPumpkin

    SmashingPumpkin TDPRI Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am in the process of building a Fender Telecaster Thinline and this is the finish I am looking for.

    The wood is Ash

    As you can see it is still semi-transparent and the finish is orangy.

    Would anyone know how I can get this finish?

    And also for the headstock.


    Many thanks
    Jake
     

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  2. funkymann1

    funkymann1 Tele-Holic

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    im pretty sure they just tinted the paint with amber or yellow tint...i would have both on hand & shoot some scrap first to try & get it close...
     
  3. SmashingPumpkin

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    Okay! I will try that thank you. What type of paint would you recommend?
     
  4. SmashingPumpkin

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    Does anyone else have anymore ideas?
     
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    You can get rattle can nitro lacquer that is amber-tinted. I think it is normally used for maple necks to get that "vintage" colour, but it might work for an ash body. Perhaps testing it on some scrap wood would confirm if it was the right colour for you.
     
  6. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Since you are in the UK, check out Rothko and Frost. Fellow Brit Barbrainy reports good experience with them, and knowledgeable, friendly advice. They apparently do give good advice, as Brainy produces great looking guitars, until he sands off the latest effort, in search of perfection, but that's another story!
     
  7. SmashingPumpkin

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    Butterscotch Blonde Nitrocellulose Lacquer

    Hi,

    Thank you very much your absolutely right. I found a company in the uk called Northwest Guitars who offer a nitro Lacquer called Butterscotch Blonde. I think this is as close as I'm going to get.

    What do you think?
     

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  8. SmashingPumpkin

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    Thank you I will check them out! :)
     
  9. SmashingPumpkin

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    Thanks again, I looked into them and think I've found an even closer fit.

    Thanks for the advice


    Jake
     

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    Funny I was going to say it's a straight up tint for the thinline not the BSB type finish.

    Post some pics if you can!
     
  11. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    That looks like amber clear to me.

    This is nitro over shellac.
    I mixed garnet and blond shellac flakes to adjust the color. Garnet was too orange so I diluted it with blonde and added a little honey amber dye. The topcoats are Behlen clear nitro.

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    I've bought the bsb from Manchester guitar tech. Will be spraying soon. That pic you posted isnt the colour I'm expecting.
    I originally sprayed my ash tele with the cheapest poly I could find and after about a year it went that amber colour you are after
     
  13. Mike Simpson

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    Butterscotch blonde is supposed to be a translucent white that has yellowed with age. This blocks out the wood grain except the dark grain lines. The problem I have with most BSB finishes is they are too orange.
     
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    Although probably not the way it was done originally, it would be very easy getting that colour with shellac as Mike Simpson suggests. I am sure he is correct that the original you are seeing is just clear which has changed over time.
     
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    Try it on scrap first. I have tried several tinted clear lacquers and found them all to be too bright orange or yellow. Also base coat color can change after applying several coats of (non-tinted) clear lacquer so make sure your test includes covering with some non-tinted clear.
     
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