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Forum topic by dave224 posted 02-06-2017 02:35 PM 254 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dave224

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02-06-2017 02:35 PM

This is my first post to lumberjocks, so please forgive me of any naive comments.

I am a pedal steel guitarist, and I am planning on building a new steel guitar body. I’m finishing a rather plan maple body in a curly maple veneer. I would like to finish it just like the picture shown. I contacted the man who finished this guitar, and to my surprise, he said he only used black stain and black lacquer for the burst. The stain was very thinned out.

I wanted to get a second opinion on obtaining a tobacco color like this with only thinned out black stain. Is this coloring method common?


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#1 posted 02-06-2017 06:41 PM

Sounds to me like the tobacco color is in the wood, he just sprayed the edges to get the sunburst. There is probably a lacquer topcoat that added some color to the base wood as well.

I’m sure you’ll hear from others, but test your finishing on scrap before you do the real project. For this, I’d practice getting the sunburst on just about anything you have laying around (paper, cardboard, scrap, etc.). I think that will be the tricky part.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 06:49 PM

Thanks, Dan.

He said he applied one shade of thinned out black to the entire body, then did the burst.

Is there curly maple out there that can be that color unfinished? I have only seen figured maple that looks almost white.

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 06:54 PM

No, Maple is all fairly white. Even so, it will pick up some color from the top coat. There may be some out there, but in my experience, every top coat changes the color of the wood. Some more than others. The thinned black stain coat obviously worked, I’d be more inclined to use a thinned brown coat. Wipe on/wipe off, let dry and topcoat to check final color. Experiment, but do the full finishing sequence to verify results.

-- Sawdust Maker

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