Should I shellac my Tweed Blues De Ville 4x10 Reissue or leave it alone?

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Should I shellac my Blues DeVille Reissue or leave it alone?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. rlongnt

    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    I found this 2005 Blues DeVille 4x10 Reissue and I love everything about it but how vulnerable to wear the tweed might be. I’m going to keep this one so value is not my primary concern. I like the color and toughness of the lacquered ones but I’m just not sure if I should just be grateful for what I have as is or go for it and dive into another project.

    If I do shellac it should I use flakes and alcohol or just use something out of a can?

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  2. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I can't answer the poll question because of the wording: "Should I shellac?" is a yes or no question. "Or leave it alone?" is a yes or no question. The problem is that if you answer one "yes," you are answering the other question "no" and you'll have no idea which question I'm answering.

    I wouldn't do it, for the record. I would leave it alone
     
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  3. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I would leave it alone. It looks great.
     
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  4. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Senior Stratmaster

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    Do it!! 3 coats. That’s what I did with my 95 Blues Deluxe and what I did with my Mojo 5e3 when I built that. It’ll look AWESOME!
    And it will protect the tweed over time.
     
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  5. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Leave it alone.
     
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    Unless you're a gigging musician who plays in some pretty rough places, I'd leave it alone. My Peavey Classic 50 and 30 are both tweed and non-shellac'd. I'm a home player and I can count the amount of stains, rips, tears, and rough spots I've put on both amps on one hand with zero fingers.
     
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    Aesthetically I really prefer the look of them shellaced, so I say do it.
     
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    Don't screw it up - its cool !
     
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  9. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member

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    I've seen good shellac jobs and I've seen train wrecks...If you do it follow @the dark sailor advise, 3 or more.
     
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    A number of years ago I re-cabbed an old 25r put in a Ragin Cajun and tweeded it. I used a brush and didn't have any issues, but spray if available would be easier maybe. One thing I did do was took a piece of the tweed and made a shading chart for 0-4 coats so I'd have an idea where it was headed with each coat.

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    Got her all done and while it was still just a 25r it was a kick-a$$ 25r.

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    Pretty sure I ended up with 3 or 4 coats on it.


    Last year though someone I don't know borrowed it out of my car and never returned it.. so. Still think I may do another one someday.
     
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  11. the dark sailor

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    This is my 5e3 back in early March. I always document when I work on stuff. Clear shellac. It will be darker as you apply more coats and get darker over time. See how it has a sparkle to it? That’s what I love about it. I used a foam brush. Get a good foam brush. GO WITH THE GRAIN. 8F3FC648-71D5-4009-8F92-48A4619A07B3.jpeg 18B69822-D622-4801-8D6C-117E909ACAEA.jpeg
     
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  12. the dark sailor

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    Oh, and take everything off and out of the cab. Even the nameplate Off the front. You will have to tape over the plate on the back. That’s what I did with my BD. It’s glued down pretty good.
     
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    I have a 2X12 Blues De'Ville, and I had given this serious thought also. Eventually I realized I could really screw it up, if I did it wrong and decided against it. If you have the skills and confidence that you can do it, and that's what you like, go for it.