#1
Ok, got a few questions before I jump into a build.
I'm planning to stain a figured maple tele body from Guitarfetish.

1. Will I need to fill the grain on it pre-staining?

2. It has a cream binding. Will I simply tape over it until I am done staining and coating?

3. would a brush on coating leave too much streaks for a good finish? I've done alot of door/trim staining and coating when building my bedroom, but nothing that called for quite the finish of a guitar.

If anyone has experience in doing this, just shoot me some advice. Thanks
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#2
I think you want to use a dye rather than a stain...

http://home.flash.net/~guitars/dyes.html

http://www.accelerationtech.com/tiger-eye/construction1.htm

http://www.exit45.com/ttnp/DyingQuilt


I usually use Rit dye you can get at any Walmart or grocery store or whatever. Its powder so you add it to water to get the concentration you want. Its nothing like staining door trim or whatever.

You don't want to fill the grain. Basically just dye it black, sand it back, and then dye it whatever color you want, then spray a clear coat over it. You can do some cool stuff by using multiple colors. Do black, sand, then red, sand, then yellow for a cool fire effect.

That body you have is probably a veneer so the actual flame grain is very thin. You don't want to sand too aggressively or you'll go right through it.
Last edited by samhell at Apr 25, 2011,
#3
Cool. Thx for the info man.
See I'm hoping for something along the lines of this
So does stain just not bring out the wood's grain and beauty as much as dyes?
MIM Tele
Fender Blues Jr NOS
Schecter Omen 6
Squier Strat
Greg Bennett Acoustic
other crap...
If seeing is believing...

...Then believe that we have lost our eyes!!
#4
Quote by Clutch32192
Cool. Thx for the info man.
See I'm hoping for something along the lines of this
So does stain just not bring out the wood's grain and beauty as much as dyes?


I am assuming you are talking about the normal wood stain you get at Home Depot. Stain is thicker. Dyes have a much smaller pigment which doesn't obscure the grain as much and soaks in better. You can use stain of course but it won't be as detailed as the dye.

Watch these: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/you-and-dye/

http://thewoodwhisperer.com/episode-32-pop-goes-the-maple/

This guy did a cool finish with figured maple: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/stratocaster-discussion-forum/112065-lets-do-sharp-dressed-strat-2.html
Last edited by samhell at Apr 26, 2011,