Waterbased Finish Kit, Natural and Dye
Here are the steps for a natural or tinted finish that will help you select the products you need. 1. Pore filler: The pore filler will allow you to block the pores and therefore use less paint and varnish and obtain a smooth and clean finish. On the other hand it can also be used to stain your wood such as fondur black. You can also dye your filler with a dye to get closer to the shade you are looking for. For a transparent finish, the pore filler based on powdered pumice and clearly indicates.
2. Colorant: 2 colorants are often used, in particular for the dappled or coti flame table to increase the contrast of the grain of the guitar. Indeed we often first pass a black dye, generally 2 coats that we sand. Then we apply a dye of the color of your choice: blue green, etc. It will then have more or less clear areas corresponding to the grain of the wood. Many examples use this technique on our blog.
3. Primer: It is advisable to use primer to seal the wood and leave on a good base for varnishing. Ideally you would prefer to use sealer and primer but in practice using either is acceptable. To apply the sealer, it is strongly recommended to use a paint gun. If you do not have one you can also use our refillable aerosol cans.
4. Varnish: this step is the most important, you can potentially opt for a natural finish using only the latter. However, the guitar factory will add at least one pore filler for a slightly cleaner finish. To apply the varnish using the brush remains acceptable even if spraying it with a paint gun or our using our refillable aerosol cans will give a better solution. To save a possibility and to pass the first coats with a brush and the last coats with a spray gun.
5. Polishing: this involves polishing by sanding with an increasingly fine grain then polishing with products developed for this purpose. This very last step is not necessarily mandatory but will add a real shine to your finish.