ElRay Posted April 13, 2010 Report Share Posted April 13, 2010 I'm planning a travel guitar and I'm looking for a relatively easy (as in technique) durable finish for the neck (and what little body there is) and fretboard. I'm not adverse to something labor intensive (as in do something today, come back tomorrow, do it again, etc.), I'm looking for a DIY finish that won't be rough, get gummy/sticky with heat (the guitar likely will be going to the Middle East), pick-up dirt, etc. Unfortunately, I'm at that information saturation, insufficient hands-on experience stage. When it comes to finishing wood, my experience is with paint and "heirloom furniture" (good appearance, reasonable protection, semi-easily repaired) finishes, neither of which I think would be suitable for a guitar. The times I've encountered poly-urathanes, they've all been essentially plastic encased wood that will pick-up imprints from fabric of you're not careful, feel sticky, etc. Can poly-urethanes be put on thinly so they don't make the wood feel like it's been shrink-wrapped? For the body/neck, as long as it's reasonably smooth without being slippery and provides decent protection from dings, scratches, etc., I'll be happy. I don't really care about color, film vs. penetrating, wood vs. automotive, etc., just protection and durability without negatively affecting playability. Tru-Oil sounds like it would fit the bill, but how would that compare to lacquer over epoxy? Or an automotive (not necessarily) clear coat? I've used the Duplicolor Mirage on a mountain bike, and it's held-up well enough, but I don't know how suitable it would be over wood. Duplicolor's Metalcast has an odd kind of coolness to it, but I can't see it being particularly scratch resistant or good over expanding/contracting wood. For the fretboard, I'd prefer the "bare wood" feel, but if I'm going with a film, then something like the Thor Epoxy finish would be good. I've already experimented with multiple coats of epoxy and sanding down to 600 grit, and I like the feel, but how's the protection? If I did want to do something like the Thor Guitar Labs epoxy finish, what kinds would give sufficiently high build without being too soft? If I were to go with a lacquer, how do Deft Nitro (aerosol), Behlen Instrument Lacquer (aerosol) or KTM-9 (brushed/wiped) compare? What about UncleJ's LTV (linseed oil, turpentine and varnish) finish? Ray Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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