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The finishing of the guitar is moving along. Not without a few incidents, but nothing that could not be fixed so far. From my last post "tomorrow morning" never happened because we had a 25MPH wind blowing on Sunday. Since I am limited to spraying outside, I can't spray in that weather. So here it is Tuesday, I have a day off work, and was up early spraying. Wanted to get 3 coats done today, but only managed 2. Had an incident on the second of today's coats where my sprayer coughed up some cured lacquer. By the time I had allowed that to dry, scraped, sanded, patched, and dried again, it was too hot out to spray anymore.

Below is a picture of the guitar after the sealer layer was applied on Saturday.


Here is a picture of the guitar hanging to dry in the garage. I actually dried it first for a while in the bathroom where there is less dust.


These next three show samples of imperfections that I had to fix.

This was a sprayer contamination issue that had to be scraped out, sanded, and filled with lacquer. It will still have to be scraped flat and sanded again before the next coat.


Five spots where bugs got sucked into the spray stream and into the finish. Same treatment as above.


A divot in the finish along a joint, caused by a very slight gap in the glue joint at the surface. These can soak up a lot of finish. I used a toothpick to apply a small drop of lacquer to this after this image was taken. And yes, I am scrutinizing the entire guitar inch by inch under high magnification to find these things!


Total coats applied: 3
Coats remaining: ~6 plus I still have the neck to do.
Next spraying day: Thursday (around meetings)

Date: 2011-06-22 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graethorne.livejournal.com
That's pretty awesome (the whole project).

Date: 2011-06-24 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emkey.livejournal.com
Elliot, Very cool.

You're a far braver man than I. I may tackle finishing at some point but right now it looks very intimidating.

Date: 2011-06-25 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elhoff.livejournal.com
Mike, my logic went like this. If I am going to build guitars, I will have to sell them, can't afford to just keep them around (money and space). I decided that I would rather learn on this guitar which I intend to keep for myself, than to learn on one I am planning to sell. It has taken more time than I expected given that actual spraying time for each coat is about 2 minutes!
Edited Date: 2011-06-25 03:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-25 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emkey.livejournal.com
Elliot, that makes sense. I have the guitar I started before taking Charles class to practice on. If I ever finish it. This weekend has been another busy one. I might get to spend a few hours out in my shop tomorrow. Fixing the binding channels is going to take a lot of time/concentration and it's been difficult recently to find the time for that.

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