Sunlight & Gas out - you've been warned

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Drum Strummer, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Drum Strummer

    Drum Strummer TDPRI Member

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    So I am in the final phase of curing my newly built guitar body. Having painstakingly sanded and lacquered I now have a near perfect finish.

    I take the guitar outside on the patio to use sunlight to look for any pin holes or irregularities and set it down on the table. A few distractions later and I find myself back at work when the horrific thought hits me - I LEFT THE BODY ON THE PATIO TABLE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT - NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Too late. I arrived home to my body looking like a volcano flow long after it has cooled. Now I have sanded out the bubbles and will need to fil and refinish.

    For those who know - shame on me. For those who do not know - do not leave your newly lacquered baby in direct sunlight as it causes the body to heat up and gas off too quikcly. This creates bubbles and general ugliness. :oops:
     

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  2. twick

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    Dang it. Sorry to see that, you were so close! It'll be perfect next time.
     
  3. Elias Graves

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    Ouch.
     
  4. DrASATele

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    Thanks for sharing what looks like a painfull lesson.
     
  5. Shango66

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    Blister in the sun....!
    What's the body made of?
     
  6. Drum Strummer

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    Shango66,

    The body is swamp ash. The Florida sun (and humidity) were just too much for it. The finish was in a air conditioned space and had not fully gassed out (cured) The good news is that after some sanding (and crying) a few more coats of lacquer and she's back to good as new.

    Now hanging safetly in a back closet to cure. I'll check it in 2 weeks and hopefully be able to polish her out.
     

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    Sorry to see that... Like my father used to say "sometimes the best lesson's in life are the one's you learn the hard way...those are the ones you usually won't forget"
     
  8. Sidney Vicious

    Sidney Vicious Friend of Leo's

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    And the lesson is - when you cut out of work to mess with your Tele - make a day of it! :p
     
  9. Peltogyne

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    What is the texture pattern on that body? It's interesting.
     
  10. Drum Strummer

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    Pelogyne.

    The pattern is a "shadow effect" I put on the guitar. It's a stenciled pattern I painted on before I stained it black. Straight on the guitar looks black with a hint of grain pattern. Turned at an angle and catching the light- the pattern shows. Here's a pic before I stained over it.

    Scott
     

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    Also, do not leave it in a metal shed on which the sun shines directly! :D
     
  12. Peltogyne

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    Very creative, I like it :) It gives the guitar personality.
     
  13. ezas

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    Put me in the been there done that. Shellac under Primer + sun = shellac bubbling under primer, and starting over. I think in a few more days it would have been OK. But I had done the sealer just the day before.

    That's OK, I ended up 'starting over' on that body (my first) 3 times and learned a lot in the process.

    Now if it's not summer, I put a small space heater in a small bathroom and keep it about 74*
     

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