diy experts?

  rickf 13:15 29 Aug 09
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I need to clear coat quite an expensive electric guitar body (solid) but don't know which brand to buy. I think the Ronseal clearcoat is just for plain wood surfaces I belive. My gutar body has a painted design, therefore the clear coat. My question is would ordinary clearcoat disolve the art/paintwork. Any suggestions would be helpful?
Sorry it's not comp related.

  rickf 13:16 29 Aug 09

sorry 'bout the typos!!

  peter99co 13:45 29 Aug 09

I don't know which varnish you need but I would consider a spray. Very thin coats to build up a deep shine. Maybe thinned down to start.

  rickf 13:51 29 Aug 09

Thanks. I am going to apply several thin layers by brush and wet sanding down between each coat progressively. Need to know which clear coat is appropriate though Still needs my concern answered re paintwork running due to application of clear coat.

  peter99co 14:29 29 Aug 09

I think Shellac is called for but again no info. Why would you need to sand between coats?

  peter99co 14:31 29 Aug 09

Does a sanding provide a 'key' to the next coat?

  Bingalau 15:00 29 Aug 09

I don't know anything about guitars, but judging by prices of them these days I would be very careful. You say it is an expensive one which is all the more reason to be careful. Don't rush at the first answers you get on here, because there will be more to come. Wait for answers from the likes of the FE and C-is-G. They have obviously been into guitars most of their lives. I think you have come to the right place for advice as there may be many more DIY experts on here... There may be specialist firms who will do the job properly for you. Good luck with it anyway.

  peter99co 15:03 29 Aug 09

Very wise words.

  rickf 15:09 29 Aug 09

Thanks guys. I have just been told to use a lacquer spray. Will see. Thanks so far

  Noels 15:14 29 Aug 09

click here.
Deep gloss varnish like on the door of No 10 and some of the coaches in the Royal Mews will receive up to 10 coats of varnish each allowed to dry and then rubbed down. Not just to give a key for the next coat but to give a depth of gloss.
I would be worried about applying too many coats to a guitar as it may spoil its resonance. Though I have to admit I know nothing about guitars. I would have thought that you need to seek out a specialist paint suppliers or even the makers of good guitars.
Regards
Noels

  BRYNIT 20:57 29 Aug 09

I could be wrong but put any type of clear coat on the guitar may affect the sound quality. Before attempting this on an expensive guitar, it may be advisable to go a good music/guitar shop. They know someone who could advise you.

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