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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:16:08 AM on 12 March 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
 Member since 19 November 2015
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This one is for Vintage Pete to comment on!

Its about a year since I made my Bass guitar and the finish has now faded to a honey colour.
Have a look at special projects "making a bass guitar and amplifier part 3".
In the paragraph "the finish" I make some observations and there is a couple of pix.

I will leave the guitar as it is with the honey colour, but if I do make another guitar I wont use that finish again!
I received a response from the supplier with no reasons or clues given, I don't bother to talk again to experts that are clueless.
The "dingo tone" stain had umpteen pre coats, then intensifying coats, then finish coat, took weeks to do and stayed "clammy" for months!!

I suspect that the wood was so absorbtive that by sheer mass the colour was reduced and kept penetrating the wood and thinning.
In part six you will note I stained the cabinet with my own mix of Wattyl plus a glug of cherry red and that has stayed fixed in colour and only took days to fix for handling and a couple of weeks to cure up hard.


Perhaps the next time I should "fix" the wood with a prep coat then use my own mix?
Any suggestions?

Fred.


 
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