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The miracle of acetone

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by boris bubbanov, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'm tellin' ya.

    Once the neck is sanded smooth, grainfilled, and a fine but thorough coat of wipe on Minwax Tung Oil Finish is applied and dries 1 week, then:

    You can shoot the neck 2 or 3 times in rattle can nitro until you get a really sweet result.

    A spot of lint? Hit it with acetone (2 passes, clean cloth 2d time), towel it off, let it dry and reshoot in 1 hour;

    A little sanding imperfection not previously detected? Same;

    A little nubbliness on that third pass? Ditto.

    When you think of the time you do not waste sanding through not quite dry lacquer.

    Amazing. :cool:
     
  2. mudbean

    mudbean Friend of Leo's

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    Well, there you go ... gotta get me a can of that.

    I sanded the finish off a headstock on a maple neck this afternoon, then figured I'd just give it a quick shot of nitro for the heck of it. And it went horribly wrong ... got a little happy with the rattlecan, developed a run. Figured I'd just wipe it off ... oops. Gummy mess. Discovered that Naptha wouldn't do much good. No worries - let it dry a couple of hours, then just sanded it all off again. Will have acetone handy next time.

    mud
     
  3. sekt88

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    it took me all of 30 minutes to completely remove the nitro from a tele body

    which I subsequently french polished and semi-reliced
     

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    The last Mahogany neck I made I tried a little experiment. I skipped the grain filler and applied about 6 or 8 coats of tung oil. After about a week I wiped it down with an acetone soaked rag. The acetone melted the tung oil and perfectly filled the grain. It looked and felt great.

    I wasn't going to post this info until after I tried it a second time... but since Boris started it... ;)
     
  5. EddieN

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    Me, I started to lay down some primer on Sunday, that BINS stuff, and was completely dissatisfied. Ran like an Olympian & sprayed out like a firehose. And much too thick. I didn't wanna use stripper cause underneath, directly on the wood, was a perfectly fine, level layer of Polycrylic that I absolutely didn't wanna do over so I got some lacquer thinner. A li'l elbow grease was needed too but it took the failed primer coat off without touching the Polycrylic. WOO!
     
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    castpolymer Poster Extraordinaire

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    I buy the stuff by the 55 gallon drum for my factory ( it is a great all - purpose solvent for cleaning up liquid plastic residue ). Acetone is a Tele builders best friend.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Oh-oh. :twisted:

    If this isn't a provocative post, I don't know what is. :D

    John, was that pure Tung Oil, or one of the finishes containing Tung Oil?

    The reason I asked, was my first thought was "Nirvana!!!!" but then I remembered the Minwax Tung Oil Finish (a catalyzed varnish I would say) I used as a base on these very necks I've just spoken of, didn't budge that I could see.

    Now I am tempted to strip the shellac off of one of these bodies in the finishing chain and try this "100 % pure Tung Oil / Acetone" filling technique.
    I sure wish I had tried that when I was struggling 2 years ago on that one piece USACG Walnut body.


    Much obliged, John!
     
  8. JimmyJam

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    I'm curious as to the result also. Can you tell us if you've done this Boris?
    I would prefer the 100 % tung oil. It's the purist in me..:lol:
     
  9. boris bubbanov

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    I looked in vain at all 6 bodies still in shellac. They all just look too good to mess around with - they'll be going into nitro as soon as the humidity drops a little. It is just incredibly muggy here right now - so much so that I wimped out on going to the jazzfest and seeing Wilco.

    Sticky. I hate this humidity.

    100 % Tung Oil? I hope you live somewhere that is really really dry. That stuff totally bombed on me.
     
  10. boris bubbanov

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    Boris, I think you may be living in the wrong place. I have heard it tends to be a bit humid on the bayou ;)
     
  12. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Handy solvent. I can't do without it.

    Red's oxygen, black's carbon and white's hydrogen.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    :(


    Thanksgiving to Easter, the weather is often fantastic.

    Seems you have to re-acclimate to the humidity every year, and I ain't 17 any more. Normally it is at least 5 degrees cooler than this, this time of year.

    Over night lows of 70 degrees, maxed out humidity, night after night. Lord have mercy!
     
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    Good morning,

    please someone can tell me if I can remove tru oil with acethone?

    regards

    Franco
     

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    yes acetone will strip tru-oil off pretty easily
    i did a neck in 6 coats of tru-oil and thought it was pretty ordinary
    stripped it off in a few minutes - once the smell went off the neck i hit it with danish oil and it was like the tru-oil was never there
     
  16. francomanca

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    THanks alot...I'll try!

    regards

    Franco
     
  17. Maxwell Street

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    I like my acetone with a splash of seltzer....listen to it fizz....
     
  18. Keyser Soze

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    Usefule substance though it is, acetone has always annoyed me.

    Firstly, it has a darn unpleasant smell.

    Secondly, the name is just plane wrong. Acetic acid and acetone share the same prefix, yet acetic acid is a two carbon chain, while acetone is a three.

    The stuff needs to be called what it really is, isopropanone.
     
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    Acetic acid tastes better on a salad!

    Seriously, Acetone can be useful but don't get it on a finished guitar body! I know we know better but sometimes accidents happen.
     
  20. jkingma

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    Sorry I didn't see your question a year and a half ago Boris... but since someone resurrected this thread I might as well answer... even if it is probably too late.

    Anyway I think it was Lee Valley's Polymerized Tung Oil on the neck. I still have not ever tried this a second time so no guarantees.
     
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