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Alright guys here's the problem.

I've got a 4A quilted top and I want to really enhance the quilt. I'm trying to achieve a naturalish look that looks like I haven't fiddled with the colour too much. Anyone got any tips on colours (yellow and brown I think are most likely)

The other problem is that the axe is for all intents and purposes is a neck through with 3 laminates (2 maple and 1 zebra wood) and I also want to enhance these but the finger board is made form the same laminates and I want that to match too. But I've been told that the finger board shouln't really be clear coated.

Unfortunately no pics yet but I'll post some when I can

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id suggest amber dye, using a really dilluted wash coat should give you a lite tint to the wood, you can always sand back do the same thing again with the same dilluted mix and itll make the figure stand out quite nicely


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You could treat the body and fretboard with thinned epoxy. It sets up very hard, and if thinned a little with alcohol it really penetrates and pops figure. It's used to toughen fretless fingerboards, so I'd imagine it'd wear well.

It can also be cleared over if you want a glossy body, and rubbed with 0000 steel wool to give a satin finish to the fretboard.

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Tung Oil and Boiled Linseed Oil are the best for bringing out the figure in your wood, and give a "natural" finish. But it isn't very hard. However, I have heard of people using Tung Oil as a grain filler, then topping it with a Urethane. Never tried it, but it could create the look that you need.

One furniture company has some articles on-line about how they apply an oil/urethane mixture to their furniture. This technique might work, too.


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Okay, I have one last question here:

My woods are curly maple, quilted maple, pau ferro, and lacewood. None are particularly open grained. If I use tru oil as a base coat, do I also need to grainfill? If so, will the tru oil stick if I use epoxy as a grain filler?

After that, I leave it a few weeks to completely dry, lay a couple coats of shellac, and then lacquer. Can I use acrylic lacquer(eg Duplicolor Truck/SUV clear)? What about 2-part poly (as in car shop paints it for me)? Then buff out as usual.

That whole process sound about right?

[edit] sorry for the double post. I didn't realize I had posted the post before this one. Could one of the mods combine them if deemed necessary?[/edit]

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