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Input on planning my first Strat build.

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by va3ext, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. sumran

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    Outstanding work on the control cavity! The planning and execution are first rate.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Hand sanded to 1000gt.
    Clear water based grain sealer.
    Sanded back with 500gt.
    Dissolved about 2grams of Dewaxed Dark Gernet shellac flakes in 2oz of alcohol. Filtered.
    Put 1 coat of shellac.
    Let dry, sanded smooth with 500gt.
    Put a second coat of shellac wit 1 drop of ColorFX Burnt Umber dye.

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    Want a slight darker edge about 1", burst towards center. Might tint poly finish & rub by hand to get outer edge burst.

    Scott
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    After the second coat of shellac. Then hand sanded smooth with 1000gt.

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    Grain starting to come out nice.
     
  5. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Got the control cover made this evening.
    Tried to line up the grain as best I could with a piece of wood further up the board, from the same edge of the board.


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    This was my second try, first ended up a bit small when I used my router template.

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    Left a bit of space around the edge for finish.

    Coming along.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    My son got a few coats of paint on his Tele.

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    Beautiful work and I love the progress pictures.
     
  8. sumran

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    Thanks for letting us ride along. Excellent work!
     
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    More posts will come as we progress to the finish line. :)
     
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    Youngest son spraying the base coat of Nitro on his Gilmour Strat.
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    Youngest son did the authentic burst under with the Black Gilmour Strat. Then black over the burst. Couple more black Nitro, then some clear nitro overtop.

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    My Oldest Son's Lake Placid Blue Tele, ended up Electric Blue Matalic.

    5 coats. Another wet-sand & finish top coat, then clear.

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    My American Walnut Hardtail Strat.

    3 sprayed coats of clear.

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    Liking it more every coat. :thumb:
     
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    Came home from camp today, got a couple of tinted outer burst coats on.

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    Maybe a couple more darker around the outer edge. Than clear to finish over the works.

    Scott
     
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    Stunning!
     
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    No doubt about how good these are looking, really nice work!
     
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    Decided to do one more darker coat on the burst.
    When it dries, I will sand it back a bit with 1000gt to blend the burst.

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    Then a few coats of clear.
     
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    It just gets better and better. [emoji41]
     
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    The Tele changed from Duplicate-Color Electric Blue Metalic to Duplicate-Color Medium Blue Metalic.
    2 coats of clear.
    Still wet.
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