Official Luthiers Forum!

Solely owned and operated by Lance Kragenbrink
It is currently Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:46 am


All times are UTC - 5 hours


Forum rules


Be Nice to our new friends! Remember, everybody starts somewhere!




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:55 pm 
Offline
Walnut
Walnut

Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:36 pm
Posts: 7
First name: Mitchell
Last Name: Hudson
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip/Postal Code: 94122
Country: USA
Status: Amateur
I'm planning to start on a kit guitar. The body and neck will be mahogany. I'd like to try and keep the finish simple and as close to bare wood as possible. I'd like to get some recommendations on what to use.

I like the look of what this guy does: http://www.zacharyguitars.com/050410pics.htm If anyone can suggest what was used for the finish here, that would be very helpful.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:46 pm 
Offline
Contributing Member
Contributing Member

Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:43 am
Posts: 1326
Location: chicagoland, illinois
City: chicagoland
State: illinois
Country: usa
Focus: Build
Status: Amateur
i am quite picky and particular in my tastes and i don't often approve of many things...but this guitar is pretty awesome. thanks for the link
the most minimal finishes would be a simple oil rub, or maybe a wax. shellac and nitrocellulose laquer would be next. the guitar featured almost looks as if it was simply sanded, then oiled. it probably wouldn't stand up well to heavy stage use or touring, but....how many of us actually do that anyway?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:52 pm 
Offline
Contributing Member
Contributing Member

Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:12 am
Posts: 1127
First name: Rodger
Last Name: Knox
City: Baltimore
State: MD
Zip/Postal Code: 21234
Country: USA
Focus: Build
Status: Amateur
You can get that effect using shellac or oil varnish, which can be minimalist type finishes.

_________________
A man hears what he wants to hear, and disreguards the rest. Paul Simon


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:27 pm 
Offline
Contributing Member
Contributing Member

Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:56 pm
Posts: 371
First name: Aaron
Last Name: Hix
City: Chatsworth
State: Georgia
Zip/Postal Code: 30705
Country: USA
Focus: Build
Status: Professional
You can do that type of finish using a high quality tung oil. It is pretty much the simplest finish to do. You wipe it on, wait 10 minutes, then wipe the excess off, wait 8 hours, wipe on another coat, wait 10 mins, wipe it off. You don't have to worry about dust being an issue either. By the look of the finish on that guitar, you could probably do that in 3-4 coats. I sell Sutherland Welles tung oil products if you are interested, it is the BEST.

_________________
Guitar Maker and Purveyor of the World's Finest Tonewoods
http://www.aaronhixguitars.com/
http://stores.ebay.com/A-Hix-Tonewood-a ... r-Supplies


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:45 pm 
Offline
Koa
Koa
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:06 pm
Posts: 1996
Location: Hummelstown PA
First name: Brian
Last Name: Howard
City: Hummelstown
State: PA
Zip/Postal Code: 17036
Country: USA
Focus: Build
Status: Professional
Looks like a satin wipe on poly without any pore fill.

_________________
Brian

You never know what you are capable of until you actually try.

Taylor authorized service
Custom finishing and repair

http://www.brianhowardguitars.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Howard-G ... 3702413493
http://howardguitars.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:00 pm 
Offline
Walnut
Walnut

Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:36 pm
Posts: 7
First name: Mitchell
Last Name: Hudson
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip/Postal Code: 94122
Country: USA
Status: Amateur
Thanks for the replies. I'm just getting started with limited resources. I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible. I feel that it is possible to achieve a good results without spray booths. I don't mind sandpaper, I have good supply of that and elbow grease.

Ideally I'd like have a finish I can wipe on and wipe off. Something that doesn't obscure or completely remove the feel of the wood, while it protects the wood.

Thanks for the reply Brian, can you point me to an example of the product you are describing?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:39 pm 
Offline
Koa
Koa

Joined: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:08 pm
Posts: 1943
Location: Missouri
First name: Patrick
Last Name: Hanna
State: Missouri
Country: USA
Tru Oil is probably the simplest and most forgiving finish you can use for this purpose. Build it slowly, with very thin coats. Remember that the oil down in the wood pores needs time to dry and harden, so be patient about building up your coats. As Tru Oil builds after many coats, it starts to become glossy. In fact, it can be buffed to a high gloss. But it can also be knocked down to a beautiful soft luster with some 0000 steel wool (or other means) and a vigorous rub with a flannel rag. These are not the toughest finishes available, but the beauty of so many of these wipe on oil varnishes is that they are almost infinitely repairable. As always, the best practice is to experiment on some scraps for a while before tackling your guitar.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:43 am 
Offline
Contributing Member
Contributing Member

Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:56 pm
Posts: 371
First name: Aaron
Last Name: Hix
City: Chatsworth
State: Georgia
Zip/Postal Code: 30705
Country: USA
Focus: Build
Status: Professional
I would avoid wipe on poly, it gives wood a plastic look and feel, plus over time it will yellow and delaminate, and you still have to avoid dust. If you want to keep the rich feel of the wood, go for Polymerized Tung Oil, again, it is the best. Check out www.sutherlandwelles.com then if you are interested contact me and I'll set you up. If you contact them, they will send you to me anyway :)

_________________
Guitar Maker and Purveyor of the World's Finest Tonewoods
http://www.aaronhixguitars.com/
http://stores.ebay.com/A-Hix-Tonewood-a ... r-Supplies


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Dmaxwell and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
phpBB customization services by 2by2host.com