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I just finished dying a project guitar of mine with water based dye on alder and have gotten the "semi-worn" look I was going for.

I love the look and feel of the bare body, but obviously I need some type of clear coat.

I could use some suggestions on a simple one or two applicaiton clear coat that meets the following criteria:

-easy application - prefer not the use spray

-thick

-doesn't necessarily have to be glossy

-did I mention easy to apply?

This is a $50 used guitar, but I love it's playability. No offense to the re-finishing pros but I just want to get this guitar up and playing asap. I would like to avoid spending weeks doing 10 clear coat sprays, sanding, and hours buffing.

Any suggestions?

-urbansmca

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-easy application - prefer not the use spray

-thick

-doesn't necessarily have to be glossy

-did I mention easy to apply?

Any suggestions?

Tru Oil by Birchwood Casey meets 3 out of 4 - it's a wipe-on oil finish for gunstocks. It protects well, and you can put quite a few coats on without any problems, it will even buff to a fairly high gloss if you invest the time and did your prep work well, but it will never be thick. You could always use brushing lacquer to avoid spraying, but it's still gonna take quite a few coats to get it thick (I'm not sure why you want a thick clear coat anyway), and it'll have to be buffed out if you want it to look like factory lacquer. You might try a wipe-on poly, like Minwax, but I have no idea how good it will look, especially since you don't want to spend any time on it. Good luck.

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