Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Guitar Saga, Post I

I mentioned the finish is separating, here's what I mean

The back and soundboard aren't nearly as bad
except for a couple of strips along the bottom edge, but they'll still have to be stripped completely before new finish can be applied. That's going to take a while, and a lot of sanding, to cut off the old finish without taking more than the tiniest bit of the surface of the wood. The lutier suggested starting with 220 grit to get the old stuff off, then up to 600 for the final. After that will come cleaning, masking and spraying.

Don't hold your breath waiting for updates, I'm going to take my time on this.


Bob said...

I guess you can't finish musical instruments with linseed oil the way you can furniture?

Firehand said...

I don't believe so; the wood's thin enough, and the, call it 'softening' effect of linseed just doesn't go with a stressed piece like a soundboard. Plus the finish has to stay on the surface to seal it from moisture and such(sweat, spilled drink, etc.)