Natural to Sea Foam

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  1. WrayGun

    WrayGun Friend of Leo's

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    So I have this “natural” finish Tele that I put together years ago, and I am really thinking about refinishing in a “rustic” sea foam green, with an aged white pickguard (or maybe mint? IDK).

    what are your thoughts? The grain is pretty bold, but I’m thinking it’s time for a little change. I need opinions, stat!

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  2. Beebe

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    Yes. I like your idea for seafoam. Go for it. Given your grain is already darkened... Maybe you can find or mix up a semi transparent one so you can build up layers for a seafoam-blonde revealing a little bit of the dark grain below. If it doesn't look good just finish over that for an opaque look. Or you could go for a more traditional white/yellow/cream blonde. Just spray some dewaxed shellac over the existing finish and then start the new one. You can spray more dewaxed shellac in a natural amber to "rustic" the color coat before spraying the final clear coat (if you aren't cool with shellac as the final coat).
     
  3. 2HBStrat

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    Seafoam is so cliche...IMO...
     
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  4. hemingway

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    Yeah, do it.

    I like pretty rough-and-ready paint finishes. How about a simple spray job, then a light sand, a bit like the finishes on Slick guitars?
     
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    Dust your broom.
     
  6. brookdalebill

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    I’d leave it alone.
    I can’t bear Sea Foan Green or Sonic Blue.
     
  7. WrayGun

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    Yeah, exactly. Well, more or less. It’s got some pretty good dents in it already, which I don’t remotely plan on trying to fix.

    what about the pickguard? I don’t think the existing black one will look that great, even though it has some nice natural “relicing.” So I think maybe a nicely worn white or parchment would work well …
     
  8. KelvinS1965

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    I'd do it: I'm not a fan of the 'natural' finish myself, always looks a bit DIY to my eyes. I do like the suggestion of a sort of Sea Foam see through finish though; I do like White blonde, so a variation on that might be a bit different.
     
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  9. hemingway

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    I agree, black is all wrong. White, cream, parchment would all work well.
     
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    Sea Foam Green with... matching headstock! Give it a go!
     
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    I' probably sand it down and just refinish it with natural clear lacquer...I like ash grain and natural guitars though
     
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    I'd leave it. Change the pickguard to spice things up. There's tons of options.
     
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    I say go for it! As somebody else stayed above might be cool to let the grain show through a bit. :)
     
  14. Deeve

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    I prefer this kinda sea foam, but you do you

    Peace - Deeve

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  15. Old Plank

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    Don't do it, that grain is just too dramatically awesome! Scratch your sea foam itch elsewhere (i.e. another Tele?)
     
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    That would look amazing in Mary Kaye white....but, of course, choose what you would enjoy seeing on that body. Another thought: Ash lumber might go the way of American chestnut, so flaunt it :)
     
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    If it were mine, that's what I would do
     
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    Why not sand it clean then use a wood dye and then tru oil finish to make the most of that grain, would be a shame to hide it away.
     
  19. Sea Devil

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    I don't think it's a big deal to cover pretty grain, but a solid color would show all of the flaws in the wood if you don't want to smooth 'em out. Something that still shows the grain would be more forgiving.
     
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    Need options stat? Is this really an emergency?
     
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