The Sunbursts offered are Three Color, Two Color and Acoustic. Each of the three patterns require two, three or four of the four aerosols in the sunburst product mixture. The four aerosols offered are;
Two Color Edge is a dark brown dye blended with a slight red component. It is used for the edge and transition edge of the body. Traditionally, a two color burst has no black in the pattern. The "black" is actually a very dark brown sprayed in multiple passes to resemble black. Black can be used for the sides in place of the dark brown.
Three Color Edge is a medium brown color with a medium red content added. It forms not only the dark band on the top but also working with Burst Amber creates the red band between the Amber and the dark brown in a traditional solid body burst. Black is used in this pattern for the side and top edge of the pattern. This is the color to use for the backs, sides and edge color when spraying a Gibson or Martin acoustic burst. It will also duplicate the red mahogany color of Les Paul backs and sides and Gibson necks. Burst Amber This color is very similar to Fender Neck Amber but it has a slightly more golden and less yellow tint. It is the color for the centers of all three bursts.
Black is used on the very edge of the Three Color and is optional on the Two color. It is the same pigmented nitrocellulose offered above but when ordered with sunbursting products will be shipped with the fine tip spray nozzle. The sunburst products are designed so that one can of the appropriate color is enough for one body. The exception may be the acoustic burst pattern. On large body acoustics if the back and sides are to be sprayed two cans of the Three Color Edge may be needed. See Sunburst Aerosol Instructions for more information.
Dyes have been used for years by woodworking craftsmen. The dyes give a vivid coloring to the field of the wood and enhance the grain to give the wood, when lacquered and polished, a "foot deep" finish. The dyes are also compatible with the nitrocellulose lacquer used for clear coating. Many poly and oil based "hardware store" stains are not. The alcohol solvent dyes can mixed in either alcohol or lacquer reducer. Water solvent dyes, while somewhat trickier to use for multi-colored finishes, can be applied directly to the wood for even greater depth of grain. One packet mixed in 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of reducer will render a strong dye mix capable of coloring at least two and perhaps more guitars.
Water based Dyes * 1 oz. Amber 1 oz. Blue 1 oz. Purple 1 oz. Scarlet Red 1 oz. Cherry Red 1 oz. Yellow 1 oz. Green 1 oz. Black * Each packet will make 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of solution.
Alcohol/Lacquer Reducer Based Dyes * 2 oz. Medium Brown 2 oz. Dark Red Mahogany 2 oz. Amber 2 oz. Blue 2 oz. Cherry Red 2 oz. Scarlet Red 2 oz. Yellow 2 oz. Orange 2 oz. Green 2 oz. Tobacco Brown 2 oz. Black * Each packet will make 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of solution and is soluble in lacquer reducer or alcohol.
Touch Up Pens
Many of the Fender and most of the Guitar ReRanch colors are now available in a convenient touch up pin. For a quick touch up first wipe the damaged area with naphtha to clean it and then simply push the tip down on a hard surface (not your guitar yet!). Once you have a feel for the speed of the flow touch the tip to the chipped area on your guitar. To prevent runs position the guitar so the drop will dry level in the chip. Let it dry for a few hours. The lacquer will probably dry thinner than the original finish. If so repeat until the lacquer is even with the original finish. Three or four or more repeats are not uncommon. For most repairs the above method will be all that is needed.
If you want the repair to be near invisible once the lacquer is level (or nearly so) to the original finish use the clear coat pin to lay in two or three coats of clear lacquer. When the clear lacquer is dry the filled area should be slightly higher than the original finish. Let the clear coats dry for at least three days and then wet sand the fill flat with # 1000 sandpaper. Use a small sanding block to sand. Follow with grades #1200, #1500 and finish with #2000. Keep the paper wet when sanding. The repair can now be polished with polishing compound on a soft cotton cloth. We recommend 3M Finesse It II.
More "Stuff that Works"
3m Brand wet or dry sand paper pack in grades #400, #600, #800, #1000, #1200, #1500 and #2000. 7 sheets per pack
It's hard to find, but here it is, an oil based grain filler suitable for fine wood refinishing work. In 1/2 pint cans.
For final polishing nothing beats Finesse It II. Developed by 3M for polishing the swirls out of automotive clear coats Finesse It will put a foot deep shine on a lacquer finished guitar. One Pint (enough for about five guitars).
Now in an Aerosol; a Nitrocellulose sand and sealer. S&S acts as a grain filler but also levels the wood before shooting the color coats. It dries clear and when block sanded it will give a glass like final finish.
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