3rd build. Olympic white, Wenge neck

wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Btw, thanks to some advice from believer in spraying distance. This can did 3 coats to yesterday's can of 2 coats.
 

sunburst_xxii

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FWIW, this is how I keep myself both occupied and disciplined between coats.
Mrs. Wooders: "Honey... I thought you said it would be 3 or 4 coats maximum - this is you're 12th coat!?!?"
Mr. Wooders: "Yes dear... b̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ ̶d̶r̶i̶n̶k̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶... – I mean... I just want to make sure it's perfect, I'll be in soon dear."

:)
 

Believer7713

The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein
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Mrs. Wooders: "Honey... I thought you said it would be 3 or 4 coats maximum - this is you're 12th coat!?!?"
Mr. Wooders: "Yes dear... b̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ ̶d̶r̶i̶n̶k̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶... – I mean... I just want to make sure it's perfect, I'll be in soon dear."

:)
Ask Mrs. Believer about my under estimations of time. I have missed entire movies over "just a few more minutes"🤣
 

wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
So fourth coat had a smidge of run in a couple of places and seems a bit of orange peel. Think temperature may have played a part in that and maybe a bit of over confidence?
Calling it a day and will 600 wet sand in a couple of days and hopefully apply last one or two colours. Says 24 hours to sand on tin, but I think I've got a decent amount of paint on there to leave 48-72 hours.
 

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wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Can't quite get the colour to show in photos, but I really like it. It's like an aged OW just before the yellow starts to creep in.
 

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wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Not sure if this is good or bad?
 

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CB91710

No GAS shortage here
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Feb 24, 2019
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I would like to look into them a little more for the finishes. From what I've seen the finishes are either more gloss or true flat. Not the in between satin that we typically see as a matte finish on guitars. Not saying they don't have them but that I would need to research them more because I just don't have the experience with them.

On the other hand, the next day on my color/clear technique does really show some promise though. Keep in mind that I am not going for a perfectly smooth finish here which is why I didn't really do any prep work here. I only started painting and experimenting a bit. I think I may be doing this later on some stuff though.
@CB91710 is this a little more of what you are looking for?
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That does look nice.
My concern is how it handles... er... handling once fully cured, and if marks from skin oil are easily cleaned off.
I guess another alternative would be to finish as a normal gloss finish, but then once smooth and the orange peel is buffed out, use fine Scotchbrite to cut the surface.
 

CB91710

No GAS shortage here
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Feb 24, 2019
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No real good reason. I could make one up, like, I'm waiting until I have the neck in place, to drill it last, in case it's a tad out of alignment. It wouldn't be true though. More likely the excitement of painting got the better of me.
I think it was a smart idea because of how you are making the angled cut on the back, rather than leaving it flat like the Fender models.
The angle does indeed pull the outer holes in a bit. Maybe not enough to mess up the alignment, but they did move a bit.
 

wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Yep. The ash/rosewood build was a body that was made with the heel detail. They drilled the holes before the angle/chamfer. It was fiddly to align the plate/neck/screws. The alder build was very similar to this one (body wise) and drilling the hole after the angle/chamfer made it slot easier to align everything.
 

Rocko 1

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Mar 30, 2017
71
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Cheers. I've been doing some research and going poly. I think. I'm leaning towards acrylic car paint. Not sure if 2k paint is worth it? Looking at what I've read so far, the paint finish is exactly as you say. Let it set and rub back. Going to try lots of very fine coats. Fingers crossed.
Don't use 2k paint Wooders, ive used it with great effect but when 2nd coat
hardens that that, you would need an iron pick axe (trust me) to re do. 1st coat
ok to lightly sand but as mentioned 2nd coat needs to be done there and
then before it hardens.
 

Believer7713

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Yep. The ash/rosewood build was a body that was made with the heel detail. They drilled the holes before the angle/chamfer. It was fiddly to align the plate/neck/screws. The alder build was very similar to this one (body wise) and drilling the hole after the angle/chamfer made it slot easier to align everything.
It will for sure too. I chamfered the heel of the Bullitt Strat and had to slightly rock a bit in the holes to make the plate fit correctly. I didn't round the heel though.
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wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Neck due between 9-18 July. Hoping it arrives next week sometime. Looking to get the body painted and lacquered by the weekend, so I can leave it sit and work on the neck and pickguard before flattening and polishing the body.
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FrieAsABird

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 18, 2020
3,135
Germany
Neck due between 9-18 July. Hoping it arrives next week sometime. Looking to get the body painted and lacquered by the weekend, so I can leave it sit and work on the neck and pickguard before flattening and polishing the body.
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That looks freakin awesome, and the color on the body is lovely too! May I ask how much one of these wenge necks is?
 

wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
You may be disappointed with the answer. I paid a little extra to order it through Amazon. Better protection if it's a dud or what not. £81 delivered. They are $100 on Amazon US if you hunt properly. Someone else did a wenge neck build with the same neck. Needed some fret love by all accounts. Screenshot_2022-07-05-11-20-26-774_com.android.chrome.jpg
The solid rosewood neck came from China too and turned out to have ss frets. Will need some work, but hey, I enjoy a challenge.
 

wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Great news!!! But, there's a but!
Just got home and the neck is here. Now I panicked when the solid rosewood neck arrived, as the packaging was, let's say, underwhelming. It gave me the heebeejeebees to say the least. Luckily everything was well.
I have the same heebeejeebees again with this packaging. Going to be a nerve wracking parcel opening.
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wooders

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 19, 2021
1,185
Kent
Squeaky bum time
 

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