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Nitro Or Water Based Lacquer For First Guitar Finnishing Project?

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Trying to decide if I should use Nitro cellulose or water based lacquer for my first guitar build finishing project. I already purchased the water based lacquer. But after doing some research I'm leaning to nitro thinking it may be more forgiving and less work if it needs to be striped off.

Me and my son have built a curly maple top swamp ash sides, and would like to put a yellow to green burst, staining the wood with a yellow, then clear coat follow by green tinted lacquer coat, and a final top coat, will the green over yellow give me a bright green or do I need to use blue over yellow to create the green burst?

I have seen the video where they wipe on dye to achive this but I think separating the colors in coats may be safer

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I'm still working on my finishing skills but I can tell you that if you don't have a safe proper place to spray nitro then of the two you should stick with water based. You should use the appropiate respirator with both lacquers and having a spraybooth can only make things easier. Some people spray out their window with a fan and filter attached to it and some like me have a knockdown type booth set up in their garage, basement or other available room. If I had the money I would have a booth with an explosion proof fan and lights so I could spray nitro and other automotive type paints more safely. If you go with nitro be careful!

You probably saw this post already but here it is anyhow. http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=36484 Also, you should try a test sample of the way you want to do it to see if it gives you the look that you want.

Good Luck,


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