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  Topic: Hypothetical question...mixing colors.
Ken W.

Replies: 4
Views: 827

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:59 pm   Subject: Hypothetical question...mixing colors.
Being alder, it is mostly non-porous, so I would wipe on a water based dye first, or lacquer based, either way, then work from there. I like the dyes on bare wood myself...they take better and show m ...
  Topic: When to say no to Nitro
Ken W.

Replies: 27
Views: 4490

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:22 am   Subject: When to say no to Nitro
Nice pics. Looking great! Keep it up and it will come out really good.
  Topic: When to say no to Nitro
Ken W.

Replies: 27
Views: 4490

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:51 pm   Subject: When to say no to Nitro
Don't worry about it. From what I have been reading lately, there are quite a few people on here that use other products as well. That is why I offered the minwax option. It is very compatible with ...
  Topic: nubi clear coating issue
Ken W.

Replies: 3
Views: 558

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:02 am   Subject: nubi clear coating issue
Worst case, spray some blush eraser. It will soften the finish with slower dry time and allow the moisture to release. Works great. Just spray your future coats a bit lighter and in lower humidity ...
  Topic: When to say no to Nitro
Ken W.

Replies: 27
Views: 4490

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:15 am   Subject: When to say no to Nitro
If you want to get something at Home Depot, you can get the Minwax Clear Gloss Lacquer, and you will still get a lacquer finish. It's about $9 for a spray can. It is not as good as ReRanch, which I ...
  Topic: Now THAT Is A Chunk Of Wood!
Ken W.

Replies: 9
Views: 1619

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:00 pm   Subject: Now THAT Is A Chunk Of Wood!
if you plan it right I bet you can get 2 necks out of that slab.
  Topic: Has anybody figured out the "roasted maple" neck t
Ken W.

Replies: 15
Views: 3733

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:34 am   Subject: Has anybody figured out the "roasted maple" neck t
I believe Gibson did start doing it because of the lack of Rosewood. They just went through that whole lawsuit thing.
  Topic: what size drill bit do I need for a volume pot?
Ken W.

Replies: 8
Views: 1407

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:25 am   Subject: what size drill bit do I need for a volume pot?
I think it is 5/16". Look up the pots on stew-mac and it will give you the hole diameter you need.
  Topic: deft lacquer
Ken W.

Replies: 25
Views: 7742

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:50 pm   Subject: deft lacquer
The guitar I am working on now I have been using both Reranch and Minwax and they are 100% compatible and I agree that the Minwax dries fast and hard. About the same as the Reranch I would say. I wi ...
  Topic: Is sanding sealer manditory?
Ken W.

Replies: 6
Views: 1601

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:35 am   Subject: Is sanding sealer manditory?
I am using the Minwax clear gloss brushing lacquer also. I too can't find the Minwax S&S, so I am just using the brushing lacquer. I think the only real difference is just the solid content. I ...
  Topic: sanding sealer
Ken W.

Replies: 10
Views: 1346

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:17 pm   Subject: sanding sealer
+1 what mike said. Zinser sucks. I was in the same boat, trying to use it up, I finally said screw it and just stopped using it. Sands like crap.

On a good note, the minwax lacquer clear coat is ...
  Topic: can i get some thoughts?
Ken W.

Replies: 55
Views: 8786

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:06 pm   Subject: can i get some thoughts?
Water dyes ONLY work on bare wood. If you do any S&S or filler, then water dyes won't take. You have to mix with alcohol or lacquer thinner. Using lacquer thinner will allow for longer drying t ...
  Topic: Clear coat - Reranch Satin - Help
Ken W.

Replies: 5
Views: 1320

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:36 pm   Subject: Clear coat - Reranch Satin - Help
Not really any different. Just follow the rule of three's and spray. I always spray all the edges a couple times first for buildup to avoid sand thru. After a few coats (3-4), you can block sand. ...
  Topic: can i get some thoughts?
Ken W.

Replies: 55
Views: 8786

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:22 pm   Subject: can i get some thoughts?
Couple things...First, never plan on stainable wood filler taking stain the same as anything around it. Never gonna happen. You can tint the stain, but if you want transparent, you just want to find ...
  Topic: Strip Nitro-Finished Allparts Neck Headstock?
Ken W.

Replies: 5
Views: 1030

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:27 pm   Subject: Strip Nitro-Finished Allparts Neck Headstock?
I would just start with really light coats to try your best to avoid compatibility issues.
 
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