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  Topic: What The Heck Is "Oil-Based" Lacquer?
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 9
Views: 1107

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:48 pm   Subject: What The Heck Is "Oil-Based" Lacquer?
It may be that they are using the term lacquer in a generic fashion, like acrylic lacquer, etc.
  Topic: Shellac No More!
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 11
Views: 1486

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:12 am   Subject: Shellac No More!
Shellac is some wonderful stuff, but a pain in the butt when things go south. If I had to guess, it may be an age issue and or too thick an application. It does not deal well with friction / heat and ...
  Topic: Broken drill bit stuck in body
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 15
Views: 2115

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:19 am   Subject: Broken drill bit stuck in body
I use brass tubes just bigger than the thing stuck in the wood. notch one end and drill *around* what you're trying to remove.
Also my go to for extraction. For best results, I prefer using a drill p ...
  Topic: Shallac and waterbased lacquer
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 5
Views: 690

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:36 am   Subject: Shallac and waterbased lacquer
Definitely check with the manufacturer of the product you plan to use. Some water based top coats can be very picky about what they go over, even dewaxed shellac.
  Topic: Filler showing after multiple coats
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 21
Views: 2403

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:15 am   Subject: Filler showing after multiple coats
... Talk to SG Lou. He's the expert on this stuff.
A candidate for understatement of the day, SG Lou does some amazing work. Seamlessly blending in repairs, plugs, fillers, etc is not easy to do.
  Topic: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 16
Views: 2409

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:49 am   Subject: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
... In my mind, sealer would prevent the tru oil from penetrating the wood which I thought would be what you wanted? ...
My bad, sometimes what sounds right in my head is not always clear when it get ...
  Topic: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 16
Views: 2409

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:32 pm   Subject: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
... I started out with a test peice of mahogany sanded to 400, and then used a 600 block along with some true oil to build up a little slurry as grain filler. ...
Thats a little finer sanding than I ...
  Topic: Vivid dye maple
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 8
Views: 926

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:13 am   Subject: Vivid dye maple
For sure, testing on scrap from the project when possible should always be the first step.

Depending on the piece of maple, I can see where some bleaching might be beneficial. I mostly do natural f ...
  Topic: Tuner bushing insertion
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 6
Views: 799

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:41 am   Subject: Tuner bushing insertion
Using a little heat to help seat bushings and things like rear string ferrules is common practice. I also bevel the edges a bit too. I've got a 1/2" - 4 flute countersink that I spin a couple tim ...
  Topic: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 16
Views: 2409

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:49 pm   Subject: Tru-Oil Necks: What is Your Application Process
... You didn't need the shellac on the neck to seal the wood. ... I don't think mixing in mineral oil is "thinning" it...
Correct, you don't need shellac, but Tru Oil over shellac works gre ...
  Topic: Protecting signature
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 13
Views: 1833

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:56 pm   Subject: Protecting signature
i called a local luthier and he said he could do it, but in the end the guitar would have a matte finish instead of gloss.
It does not need to be a matte finish. My best guess is that he is playing i ...
  Topic: rubber band clamps for fingerboard help...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 5
Views: 546

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:13 am   Subject: rubber band clamps for fingerboard help...
I would agree with Lon, as long as the fingerboard is pinned and can't slide around, then a little overhang should not be a factor.
  Topic: Protecting signature
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 13
Views: 1833

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:07 am   Subject: Protecting signature
Frank Ford covers one way to do it http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Finish/CelebSig/celebsigsig.html

I'd highly recommend trying some tests first to include a test run under the pi ...
  Topic: What I've been working on: Titan Guitars KR1
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 16
Views: 2068

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:50 am   Subject: What I've been working on: Titan Guitars KR1
Very cool Doug, those should do very well!. And good call for them to have their own separate branding.
  Topic: Best way to drill channel from pickup to control cavity?
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 8
Views: 1030

PostForum: Guitar Finishing and Restoration   Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:14 am   Subject: Best way to drill channel from pickup to control cavity?
Long bits for sure. A cheap source for long bits is Harbor Freight's 25" long set and cut them down to the length you want / need. http://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-316-in-14-in-25-in-long-wood- ...
 
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