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Achase4u
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Jul 1st, 2019 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am indeed on a mission.

Thanks, Mick!

The sad part is this: had the filler been slightly tinted the first time, it would be done now and look great. I say this because this time around I used a water based filler instead of my usual Behlens oil base. The paint is really not happy about this for some reason. The filler dried over night, I sanded it, then let it sit another day and then sprayed a can of sanding sealer on it. On a few areas it's as if there is contamination. Bubbles over the grain filler formed in the sealer. I didn't mind it because the sealer would be sanded flat.

Then, on go the color coats. Despite the sealer being on it, the same spots are bubbling like mad. I fear these bubbles will happen in the same place every time the finish is re-wetted with a new coat.

So, I am sanding color already to try and remedy this.

Not only that, the halo and color didn't go on as well this time. Probably because my lighting isn't as good where I sprayed today. So it's uneven. I shot runs as well.

None of this happened the first time. It was totally kosher beef. Just the datblasted filler wasn't right.

Ugh.

I will charge forward. It has to be as good as I want it to be. Or I'll just burn it. This is how I am.

Will try some more tomorrow after the runs are sanded out.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 1st, 2019 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Think how light the body will be!

Achase4u
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Jul 1st, 2019 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I torch it? Super light! It's already just 3.5 lbs!

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 1st, 2019 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

As you sand on it.

Achase4u
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Jul 1st, 2019 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ahhhhhh I gotcha.

I got some finish off the contaminated zones. Did a coat of shellac to see if I could seal in whatever is causing issues.

Achase4u
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Jul 2nd, 2019 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Time to strip again. Don't know what the contamination is but, I can't fix it.

Time to buy lacquer again.

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 08:47 PM, Jul 2nd, 2019)

Achase4u
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Jul 9th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

The body is grain filled again. I am being more diligent with humidity levels, and in the valley of the Shenandoah, that means waiting a lot. First clear day, a wash coat will go on. Then sanding sealer(1 can) and then we'll try color again.

No hurry as my *second* USACG neck also needs to go back.

Mick Reid
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Jul 9th, 2019 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

"No hurry as my *second* USACG neck also needs to go back."

What was wrong? I thought USACG were supposed to be a good product. (never owned one though)


Achase4u
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Jul 9th, 2019 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Basically, Tommy sold and stayed on as CEO a few years ago. The new CEO then turned around and fired him. Probably because he didn't fit his *vision* or something like that.

This is my first order since his departure and it has been a totally different experience top to bottom. I just started a thread in the "Misc" forum.

Before though, yes. They were the best products I had found.

B7th

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Jul 18th, 2019 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased a tele body from USACG earlier in the year and went back a few weeks ago to purchase a stray body and home page said they were closed for the summer.

Or maybe that was Warmoth.

(This message was last edited by B7th at 01:28 AM, Jul 19th, 2019)

Achase4u
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Sep 19th, 2019 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

So, after letting the body sit for a while, and receiving my third replacement neck from USACG which still has issues but will suffice, AND with the weather a little cooler, I am ready to get going again. I am currently stripping shellac coats off of the body which are pretty darn resilient to acetone. Lacquer tends to come right off with acetone. Denatured alcohol isn't any better here so it's just slow going.

I suspect some of my issue could have been the dye I used this time around in the filler to match the slightly off white tan filler I have seen in pics of old Fender blondes. So I will use a vinyl sealer on the filler to seal it in this time.

So, time to scrub out the old filler and once its dry, refill(oil base this time) and paint.

Hopefully this is the time it works.

Leftee
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Sep 19th, 2019 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

You go, man!

M Tracy
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Sep 19th, 2019 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

You have way more patience than me. I guess that’s why I leave the proper guitar finishing to the professionals and just sparkle everything.

Leftee
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Sep 19th, 2019 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

LOL!

But you do it so dang well!

Achase4u
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Sep 19th, 2019 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I wouldn't call it patience, though I have a modicum of that. It's more bull-headed and plain stubbornness. I can't admit defeat. So I will paint and strip this guitar until my dying day if I have to.

M Tracy
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Sep 19th, 2019 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now that I understand.

Achase4u
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Sep 20th, 2019 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

:)

Mohawk finishing supplies ordered. Vinyl sealer this time to reeeaaalllllly seal in things.

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Sep 20th, 2019 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's weird that denatured alcohol didn't work better on the shellac than the acetone. What shellac did you use?

Achase4u
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Sep 20th, 2019 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Zinnser seal-coat sprayed on.

Mick Reid

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Sep 20th, 2019 10:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

"That's weird that denatured alcohol didn't work better on the shellac than the acetone."

Yeah, I accidentally spilled methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) on body I sealed with shellac, and by the time I got back to it with a clean rag (10 seconds) it was sticky mess :^(

[fixed spelling]

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:23 PM, Sep 21st, 2019)

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