Bar Coat or 2 Part finishes

Discussion in 'Glues, Fillers & Painting' started by Luthier-Atlanta, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Luthier-Atlanta

    Luthier-Atlanta New Member

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    I have seen guitars finished in pure epoxy (monomer systems) and they have looked a bit lifeless. I used epoxy for pore fill some time ago (system3, SB112) but have given that up for sprayable polyester these days.

    Bar coat or mirror coat is a self leveling epoxy. I have used it quite a few times in my former life as a cabinet maker. It needs to be quite thick, about 50-60 mills minimum to actually look good. Way too thick for a guitar in my opinion although Ibanez and others make it work.... It will run off before you ever get enough build and then there are the bubbles to deal with......which are a pain on a flat horizontal surface.
     
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    Yeah, guitars should be like 10mil max, bar coat would be insane. You'd basically add an extra 1/8" to each guitar front to back.
     
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    This was my thought process as well, we just finished up a custom bar for a client and had a passing thought. I was just pondering, thanks.
     
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    Yes, good idea. As far as guitar finishes go, we should be moving towards the thinner end of the spectrum.
     
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    Hey Luthier-Atlanta is that a Yamaha in your avatar or a custom creation?
     
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    Yep SGV800.
     
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