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#1 posted 10-18-2012 07:56 PM

bhog: That’s a guitar, so the natural color edge is flamed maple binding, applied after the maple top was dyed.

The various posters here got it right. Dye the entire top black, then sand back, then dye the entire thing blue. Seal it up, then proceed with finishing coats.

If you want more contrast between the flames, you dye it black, sand it back, then spray a thin blue-tinted toner coat. Seal it, then add the top coats. The flame will pop a ton as the clear layers are added.

Here’s a good thread showing a Les Paul getting refinished with the double staining technique:

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