Inlay and topcoat question

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  1. Nateswoodworks

    Nateswoodworks New Member

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    My son figured out what he wants the inlay in the headstock to look like and where he wants it-this last one is the problem. The body and headstock are figured maple that will be dyed blue and will have black fading in from the edge (like a sunburst). The problem is he wants the inlay in the black, this is a smaller scripted inlay that will be very hard to accurately mask off. Has anyone ever tried the liquid masking like is used in the modeling industry? I see no reason it wouldn't work. Is there something I am missing?

    Next is the topcoat. I spray a lot of water based finishes and I have seen several say that they have had great luck with GF's, is there a benefit to a nitrocellulose finish?

    One last question, is there an additional prep step to avoid adhesion issues with pvc binding with the paint? My son is rethinking the looks of the black and white binding we put on. Since spraying a topcoat over it is not an issue I don't see why the paint would be but I really don't want to find out the hard way!

    Thank you guys so much for the help on my last couple questions. I've been a woodworker for about 20yrs but guitar specs are new to me as is painting wood (is almost a sin! In the rest of my work!)
    God bless
    Nate
     
  2. GreaseBox

    GreaseBox New Member

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    Question. Why would you need to mask off the inlay? If it is black I would guess you would be using abs or some sort of plastic.

    The use of nitrocellulose would be a preference thing.

    Not sure what you are asking with the last question.
     
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    I'm sorry it's taken me a bit to reply, we had some family things come up that took immediate attention. As for the black binding, we were going to do a striped binding buthe changed his mind on the look-after we had the rabbet routed. Now he just wants it black, can I just spray a black paint right over the binding without adhesion issues, I would think so and just double checking.
    We have the inlays almost done now-man does mother of pearl stink!
    Topcoat-I've been hearing about even amounts of "water based poly is plenty durable" and "precat lacquer is the only way to go". I've sprayed a ton of poly and with my spraying area this is preferred but I want this to be a great finish first and foremost. Any thoughts??
     

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