Wow, quoting the very first post in the thread. Not sure why but nice looking body.
Very nice Jim
Nice work Jim!!!!
First try doing a set-neck and also first try doing a 3 colour dye burst on (the worlds thinnest) maple veneer.
I surprised myself, it looks much better than I expected it was going to given I've never done it before and only started really playing with the dyes last month.
Going to look pretty sweet once it's clear coated and glossy... except for that one glue blob I couldn't get out near the neck at the cut away at least. I expected trouble there from the moment I opened up the kit but decided to take a run at it anyway since it was discounted and the pickguard can hide that spot.
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Would more dye on the glue cover it up, or maybe scrape lightly with a utility blade & re-dye the area?
Awesome advice Bob! Thank you! I’ll check out your thread. I’m using all Stew Mac products, one of their finishing kits. So hopefully everything will be all compatible. It’s an alder body so I wasn’t planning on grain filling. But I do have grain filler that came with the kit. Any benefit to using it?Heck yeah!
If you want to see how not to do it, look up my thread on my first kit build (stew Mac sonic blue from a rattle can).
- If the wood shows any sign of being open pore, use real pore filler (unless you like that grain texture look). Do NOT use drywall joint compound and lots of coats of primer. That only kinda-sorta works, and doesn’t save you any time in the long run. Zpoxy works good as a pore filler under transparent finishes, and I imagine it would work under what you’re planning, but I haven’t tried it. PRACTICE ON SCRAP.
- Use many thin coats. Allow adequate time to dry between them. Do not try to build up the finish too fast. PRACTICE ON SCRAP.
- Use the appropriate clear over your color coat, from the same manufacturer, or personally tested to be compatible. Do not figure that the “clear lacquer” from your local hardware store will be fine, and it’s half the price. PRACTICE ON SCRAP.
- Do not spray outside, on the driveway, on a windy day, and if you do, and you get some debris in the clear coat, do not sand it down too far, into the color coat. You will not be able to just touch up that spot with the sonic blue left in the can and shoot more clear, the touched up area will be totally obvious, and when you decide to just shoot the whole body with a light coat (because that’s all that’s left in the can) you won’t get as good coverage as you would like. And it might be ok, if you just shoot a bunch of coats of hardware store clear lacquer over it, but you’ll probably be getting tired of painting this thing, and shoot your coats too heavy, or not wait long enough between them, and it might start out looking ok, until you notice a series of cracks forming all over the body, where one of the many layers is shrinking as it reacts to another.
- Ask me how I know.
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