#1
Hey all
I fixed most of the problems in my finish and created a small host of new ones... good god I SWEAR I'm NEVER working with nitro lacquer again. It is poly from here on!
Anyway, its almost done, so here are pics!


















Still looking for a cheap pair of 490/498's or something similar to put in it.
Thanks for looking!
GC
#3
Its a pain in the ass. Its goes on very thin, thus requiring way too many coats and time in between coats (26 coats over 2 weeks). Takes months to harden properly. Poisonous fumes. Honestly, compared to poly, it is a royal pain to work with. You can finish ALL your poly spraying in a day! It will be ready to buff the NEXT DAY!
Sorry, just frustrated :P.
#4
Wow, I've always loved explorers and that thing is sexy as hell. Nice job, beautiful color.
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#5
That looks insanely amazing. I was looking at the pictures with my jaw dropped. Yum.
#6
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Its a pain in the ass. Its goes on very thin, thus requiring way too many coats and time in between coats (26 coats over 2 weeks). Takes months to harden properly. Poisonous fumes. Honestly, compared to poly, it is a royal pain to work with. You can finish ALL your poly spraying in a day! It will be ready to buff the NEXT DAY!
Sorry, just frustrated :P.

Well you certainly did an excellent job so I'd say it was worth it. That's one sexy guitar!
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#8
Quote by GoldChocobo
Its a pain in the ass. Its goes on very thin, thus requiring way too many coats and time in between coats (26 coats over 2 weeks). Takes months to harden properly. Poisonous fumes. Honestly, compared to poly, it is a royal pain to work with. You can finish ALL your poly spraying in a day! It will be ready to buff the NEXT DAY!
Sorry, just frustrated :P.



Hey where can you get poly like that? Can you get it in a spray can??
#11
I really like that guitar! the color is just amazing! I think it is worth all those layers of lacquer!
#12
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Wow, I've always loved explorers and that thing is sexy as hell. Nice job, beautiful color.


Exactly the same reply as me, except I've always hated explorers. You've had me converted GC! Good job!
#14
All you have to do now is get the hardware in.
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I ****ing blew my load.
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Pretty much. I've been using spray bomb lacquer to date and like the TS posted, you pretty much have to wait for at least a month or more before buffing. It's lame.
#18
Quote by lumberjack
Pretty much. I've been using spray bomb lacquer to date and like the TS posted, you pretty much have to wait for at least a month or more before buffing. It's lame.


Not to mention the difficulty actually working with it... spraying conditions, amount of coats, etc etc...
Though Lumberjack, I buffed after 1.5 weeks of waiting with 0 problems. Must be a mohawk thing.
#19
Quote by GoldChocobo
Not to mention the difficulty actually working with it... spraying conditions, amount of coats, etc etc...
Though Lumberjack, I buffed after 1.5 weeks of waiting with 0 problems. Must be a mohawk thing.



Yeah, I did some digging on Mohawk lacquer a while back and apparently they dry much faster. I'm basically down for anything that will give me the same results as lacquer, but just really fast, and relatively economically. I am literally in my 4-5th week of waiting on this one guitar to finish drying....


EDIT: I don't think I've mentioned it before now, but that Explorer is EXTREMELY good looking, this is a killer build right here.
Last edited by lumberjack at Mar 20, 2009,
#20
poly will give you a better shine that lacquer, alot of old-timers and traditionalists will claim otherwise, simply because they refuse to put plastic on their instruments, but poly will polish, sand, shine, and retain alot better than lacquer ever could.
#21
I disagree...

Nitro has a higher clarity than 2 part finishes, most of which contain wax, which can produce cloudy finishes in extreme cases.

Nitro is also easier to rub out to an even high gloss finish, because 2 parts are so tough this is harder, and also coats dont melt together so if you sand through you'll leave a witness line.


Which leads me nicely to the above comments that a 2 part poly is easier to apply that nitro

While pre cat lacquer which is a 2 part finish contained within 1 spray can would be easier, its still a tough finish that is going to be harder to buff out than a nitro

and 2 part finishes that you have to mix yourself need to be mixed very precisly or the finish wont cure properly or crack prematurely, also you are limited in the amount of coats you can apply, about 3, or with pre cat its a little more forgiving, applying a thick 2 part finish can lead to cracking which may not show up for months.

then again we have the non melting property which on a thin finish gives a high chance of sanding through leaving witness lines, and the fact its so hard to sand it will be hard to get even and buff out.


Both nitro and 2 parts are hard and easy to apply in their own ways, I wouldnt say there is a winner.

oh and GC the finish on this explorer is f**king tasty!




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#22
zomg, the amazingness of this build is making a bump in my pants... what does it mean?!
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Thanks for the comments everyone you guys rock.
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Not as much as this build does! Keep up the work, we're all looking forward to the finished pics.