Clear Finish Over Adhesive Letters

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by MOJOE posted 06-19-2012 03:20 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View MOJOE's profile


548 posts in 3293 days

06-19-2012 03:20 AM

So I’m working on a ukulele for a co-worker’s special needs child. He loves music, and I think a small instrument that will allow him to make some sounds and improve his coordination will be kind of nice. I purchased a kit from Grizzly, nothing too wild, wanted to make sure I had time to finish it. Anyway, I was thinking about adding adhesive letters (his initials) either across the back or down the backside of the neck. Was thinking of a danish oil finish with a clear top coat (maybe shellac). If I oiled and allowed to fully cure and then added the adhesive letters, could I spray shellac (or other clear finish) over the letters and sort of “set” them in place?????


By the way, if this is a dumb idea, feel free to say so….....

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

3 replies so far

View David Grimes's profile

David Grimes

2078 posts in 2664 days

#1 posted 06-19-2012 04:17 AM

That is pretty much how the guitar manufacturers do it. Most use either water slides and/or adhesive backed lettering or logos, then clear over with lacquer or other clears. Go for it.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

View Bobmedic's profile


379 posts in 2826 days

#2 posted 06-19-2012 04:32 AM

I have done the exact thing you are talking about many times with lacquer or acrylic finishes. I have never had a problem. I would make sure the danish oil has ample time to cure. Oil finishes take a long time depending on the temperature and humidity.

View Planeman40's profile


1179 posts in 2785 days

#3 posted 06-19-2012 04:38 AM

Be careful with lacquer and water slides. Test first to see if the lacquer will dissolve the water slide. As I recall from my model airplane building, there is a compatibility problem. In the past, I have worked around this by using an airbrush to mist on a few coats of lacquer.The mist is almost dry when it hits the water slide and you can slowly build up enough of a base so you can finish applying more coats of lacquer.


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics