tinting neck in Canada

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  1. bionic

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    Re/Ranch can't ship to Canada. I have a spray can of laquer but want to tint the neck first. What do you guys suggest?
     
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    Can you get Transtint up there?
    Wipe it on to the depth of color you want and then spray over it.
     
  4. Colt W. Knight

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    shellac makes a great tint and sealer.
     
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    wow!!! great results!

    How did you prepared the neck?
    Can it be done applying the shellac by hand (vs spraying it) ?

    I'd like to do it to my CV DuoSonic neck, but it looks thicker and glossier than the Squire you show...
     
  8. Colt W. Knight

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    There is an art to applying shellac by hand, so if you don't spray. Practice on scrap and look up "french polish".
     
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    well, I'm in Spain so nitro can't be shipped... not an option
     
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    Spain is home to all those great Classical and Flaminco guitars, they are all french polished with shellac.
     
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    I have finished all my necks with natural shellac flakes dissolved in denatured alcohol, olive oil and a cotton rag. It is so easy to do a kid can do it. The secret is adding more oil so the rag never sticks to the wood. After a week or two, steel wool smooths the neck for a satin smooth finish. More sessions can be done for deeper color/thicker finishes.
     
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    Yes, I can get shellac locally or by mail and nitro can't be shiped by air mail.
    Also I like the non toxic characteristic of shellac and it's easier in general since I can do it in an apartment

    I guess the very finest guitars are finished with shellac but I never played one of those :)
     
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    Great, I'd like to finish a raw neck soon. I've seen pictures here showing shellaced necks that are beautiful, with a very very nice worn look.
    Found the pics! here

    But the DuoSonic has a clear synthetic finish...
    I just hope it will stick to the CV DuoSonic pale neck...! Shoe polish didn't do anything! Sun baths neither!

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    Shellac will stick to it. just need to take a few prep steps.

    1. buff with 0000 steel wool
    2. clean with naptha or mineral spirits. This steps removes oils and waxes that might prevent any finish from sticking.

    Shellac is pretty universal sealant/finish. A lot of people use it in between noncompatible finishes as a buffer coat.


    Really expensive spanish guitars use a shellac finish because of
    1. Tradition
    2. French polish builds an incredibly thin beautiful finish

    Basically the same reasons Nitrocellulose lacquer is popular in America.
     
  16. fernando

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    Thank you very much, I'll report when I try to tint it.

    Yes, I love how shellac looks in fine instruments, forniture, wild pieces of wood. In Spain shellac was widely used and used still for antique forniture. In Spain is called "muñequilla" taken from the applying method.
    IIRC, shellac was used until the 1920s-30s and then nitro took it's place.
     
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