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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / flash coat vs. thin skin?

back breaker

eureka, usa

Jul 26th, 2013 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

saw the specs for the 65 and wondered if thin skin= flash coat. i also saw that fender started getting more period specific with the matching head stocks on the jags and jm's (at least for one color each model) .


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Jul 27th, 2013 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is a flash coat ?

A thin skin is a thin nitro finish intended to replicate the finish on vintage instruments

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Ain't no good thing

ever dies
Jul 27th, 2013 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

The term 'flash coat' is a made-up marketing term.

It is borrowed from the finishing world. When a solvent-based (non-catalyzed) finish is applied, it cures or dries from the top down. That's because the solvent ("vehicle," actually) evaporates outwardly into the surrounding air. It cannot go downward, so it goes upward.

This means that the layer facing the surrounding air starts to cure first. When a finish dries to the touch, that is known as "flash-off."

One way this is used in practice: as you apply finish, laying it on thick risks causing it to sag and run before it starts to flash off (solidify). So you apply a thin coat, and let it flash. Then you apply a 2nd coat, and let that flash, etc.

"Flash coat" is just a way to expedite a finishing process, save materials (finish), save time (less spraying), and give it a name that sounds exciting and way more than it actually is. It's hype.

back breaker

eureka, usa

Hey kid! S.T.O.P.! You are rockin' the
Jul 28th, 2013 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks- just trying to monitor the differences in models. They really jacked up price from the 62 to the 65 and would like to understand the reasons (other than the obvious inflation factor).

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