Butterscotch Blonde... Drum

Discussion in 'Glues, Fillers & Painting' started by Acrolite77, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Acrolite77

    Acrolite77 New Member

    Sep 19, 2017
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    Hi all,
    I've been lurking for a while, now my first post.

    I'm refurbishing a LE SOPRANO PRO maple drum (made in italy) 20" 10" 13" 16"
    I got it few months ago but it was in not so good condition so I decided to strip it down to bare wood and give it a new look.

    I've always being in love with the blonde Telecaster so I want it to give the drum that look :)

    Before I start with the compressor and airgun, let see if I got everything right to make it happen

    1) Sand the shells down to 400 grit
    2) Dark brown dye to help the wood to show through the end finish
    3) Wet cloth to raise the wood hair
    4) 2x C to seal the wood
    4) Sand 400 Grit
    5) 4x layers of Clear Nitro as basecoat
    6) Sand 600 Grit
    7) 1x layer of a Mix Clear/White 1:10
    8) 2x layers of Clear Nitro
    9) 4 to 6 layers of Butterscotch blonde (mix Clear Nitro with Ocre)
    10) Sand 1000 Grit
    11) Sand 2000 Grit
    12) Buff

    all correct?

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  2. Ray Carlton

    Ray Carlton New Member

    Nov 3, 2017
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    not quite - skip the stain - If there is visible grain seal the drum first and then rub it down with timbermate or a stain. Resand until the whiteness of the maple comes back but the grain is holding some of the stain to help it stand out. Looks best on well figured material but if it is tight maple with little grain evident it is a pointless exercise. and go straight to seal and spray. I like to choose an auto acrylic yellow and mix it with clear at around 20%. This will allow light to reflect back from the white maple through the semi clear yellow giving a nice diplay of the wood itself but the warmth of the old blackguard finish. Shoot clear over that either nitro or more acrylic until all grain is well filled. You will need to have a good buffer of clear to avoid sanding through the yellow coats come buffing time

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