hendrix2430 Posted March 8, 2005 Report Share Posted March 8, 2005 Hello, I just got a one piece alder board that has a nice grain, which I plan to make a tele body out of. I would also like to finish it transparent, maybe adding a bit of dye. Having never finished a body before, I would like some advice from those who have. I'm looking to keep the look of the grain, but make the body darker looking, similar to a blonde walnut tint. I would also prefer to only use some oil and a clear coat over, that's it. Here's what I'm wondering: -Since I would like for the grain to show, I shouldn't use any grain filler, correct? ***As I understand, alder can absorb a good amount of finish. -How many coats of oil should I apply to get that darker look? -Should I mix the oil with a darker dye? -How long should I wait inbetween coats? -Should I sand the body between coats? ***To make the finish look smooth and shiny (not overly shiny), what type of finish should I use at the end? -How many coats? -Should I rub in between coats? Thanks a lot for the support! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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