Goosebumps

A good bunch of finishing work mostly done for this 10 years old cedar/braz (2009).
The original finish was french polish for the top and nitro for neck/body.

1) Restoring the top :
The cedar top alone was having over 180 dents and scratches. It was like a chicken having picked his dinner over the top. First, it was a slow process filling as most as possible the dents using shellac. Once the surface having sufficient leveling, some french polishing sessions will bring the finish back in a good condition.

2) Restoring the body (When the cups are not welcome to the party…) :
Since many succion cups and nitro are one of the worst match a guitar can think of, here, three of them left permanent marks on the treble side. Also a large section around the junction of the back and the sides at lower block was also destroyed by heat or some contamination.
Once surfaces cleaned, and usually in such situations, to the bare wood, I first sealed with a light clear coat. then I had to spray and matched the original light translucid (homemade recipe) toner, and followed by a bunch of clear coats. Nothing fancy here, but the triky part is to sand it all perfectly flat to get a nice blend between new and old.
Nitro is nice at this.

 

Some french polishing over the top :

Lifting surface oils

With my students, this is a step that I regularly emphasize its importance. The quality of a joint starts with a perfect fit and clean surfaces. Then we can debate (but not fight like some seems ready to!) On which glue to use …

The «Wall»

Here is a useful one and worth to be erected.
A third refret in 12 years leaves traces more and more easily on the ebony fingerboard, near the fret slots.
Despite the care used to minimize the wood chips when removing older frets, it is necessary to rebuilt the damaged area on the surface.
For ebony, I like to use a mix of wood powder and glue. Depending on the extent of the damage, cyano or epoxy as a binder give good results.
Once the surface leveled, and also over the time under the use, this combination, wood and glue, gives an look that is similar to the healthy surface.
For tough player on the frets, now with the Evo we will see in a decade who is the winner…

 

 

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