mu_sound Posted June 26, 2005 Report Share Posted June 26, 2005 So I've been working on my first guitar for some time now. The fretboard is being glued as we speak. We're actually getting close to the hard part...the finish. SO my friend and I have been doing a bit of reasearch on the topic of finishes. I kept insisting to him (he's the big wood worker, I'm the guitar afficionado) that all of the big names in guitar say "Use Nitro-cellulose!" With me, being a newbie woodworker, he wouldn't listen and he kept insisting that he'd prefer to do a oil/polyurethane hand rub rather than go through the trouble of setting up a spray booth and buying a spray gun. So he said, "I have this episode of David Marks taped, lets go watch it, it will only take 10 minutes." Ten minutes later, David Marks says "While everyone knows by now that I prefer Tung Oil/Polyurethane as a finish, Nitorcellulose is the Cadillac of finishes." Marks goes on to show two guitars made by a friend of his that are Nitrocellulose finished....next thing you know my friend is looking for a spot to set up the paint booth :-) Anyway...My friend brought up the complication that we live in California and it might be hard to get Nitro in CA. Well I looked through a few websites and I found this one: http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/USCBase.html Anyone ever use stuff like this? Any suggestions or warnings? Also I ran across a link while looking for aniline dyes, It turns out this artist makes the beautifully ornate easter eggs and sells aniline dyes that dissolve in water & vinegar (although I think the vinegar is more for the easter egg application) for .95 cents a color. I figure you cant go wrong at that price, almost everyone else sells a can of powder for between $10 & $15 (usually a 4oz can) I have no ides how much you get for .95 cents. http://members.aol.com/pysankyshowcase/index.html I sure hope they work on wood, not just egg shells, otherwise I'll end up with egg on my face :-) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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