Ideas please: what do with this part-finished body?

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  1. rze99

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    Just picked up this part-finished ash body. No details of the paint used, other than it is "off-white wood stain single coat".

    I really like the basic white trans ash blackguard look and it's quite a nice grain.

    I don't have access to any finish spray shop or kit, just occasional room in the house for DIY work.

    My thought is to -

    1) sand smooth
    2) find a home rattle can clear lacquer preferably satin finish

    for 2) Can you get premixed rattle can clear lacquer with just a touch of amber in the UK / EU? if so, that's an option


    your thoughts?


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    cool thanks Rob esp for the link
     
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    You could pop down to a decent car spares shop, they will mix you up a rattle can any way you like. Think I'd just go clear and if UV adds yellow over time, so be it.
     
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    Good idea, thank you. Who do you use in London, John. I'm Streatham/Brixton-ish located. The bog Halfords there doesn't mix on site, I'm guessing.
     
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    You could also buy shellac flakes and add a touch of amber to that.
    Non toxic and no smell .
    But the easiest would def be to order from Rothko frost.
    I will second the light coats
    It is easy to over do it with amber clear in a couple of ways.
    Easy to get runs easy to put more amber than you want.
    When you are almost there, stop would be my advice.
    Good luck and post pics
     
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    Yes. Right to go subtle.

    cheers and I'll post outcome pics
     
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    The minimalist in me says shoot some clear, polish it up, and build it. Love the grain.
     
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    When I was living in SE5 I used Stockwell Motors, but that was like 25 years ago ....
     
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    Just looked up their website, looks like they still specialise in paint. I'd bring the body in outside their busy times and I'll bet there will be someone happy to spend time going through the likely options.
     
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    cool thanks John
     
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    I really wouldn't use car paint mate, it's acrylic and designed not to yellow under UV (think about it, cars live outside...) , proper nitro will give a far better finish that once it hardens you can polish up to mirror finish or not as you wish. Plus it usually shrinks over time giving you a bit of crazing and natural wear to add to the "mojo".
     
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    OP's UPDATE
    Not yet soldered, but everything all else is ready. (I won't bore you with the other parts until I do an NGD post).

    I added a coat of the thinned white nitro
    then an additional coat around the edges and body edges of the guitar to add some depth of colour but still see the grain.
    I used Rothko and Frost rattle can nitro clear - 2 coats of this, 45 mins between coats
    one final very light spray of Rothko and Frost nitro amber as a light aging hint.
    Let dry out over 24 hours
    Used loads of mostly 1200 sandpaper to smooth to a fine satin finish.
    rubbed a lot with a soft duster
    No further buffing. It is now very smooth and satin-like which I think works well with the satin Tru-Oil finish of the baked maple neck.


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    That neck :eek::eek:..

    This is gonna be gorgeous when you are done !
     
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    Cheers! I think it's looking good enough to eat... for some reason looking at it gives me an appetite! Like ice cream and wafers. ;)
     
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    Looking good!

    ... 4-way switching perhaps? ;)
     
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    Thank you. 4 Way? No. Not for me.
     
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    You did a great job. If I ever buy another neck it will be baked maple and Tru oil finish!
     
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    No way way way way.....
     
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    Very Nice Tele. You should be proud.
     
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