clear coat/lacquer choices ?
Firstly, I have done a LOT of searching already and have yet to fully understand my choices for the clear top coat on my new re-finish bass body.
This is my first attempt at re-finishing a bass so, although I would like a good, durable finish, I suspect a product that is easy to work with is of paramount importance.
I am using spray cans.
OK, I have done the colour coats and (amazingly) the tiger stripe pattern I have gone for has come out nicely.
It's currently under my stairs drying properly.
I used acrylic spray paint (Plasticote super).
Now from what I can understand my main choices are nitro or acrylic clear lacquer, or a polyurethane varnish.
I have a can of plastikote polyurethane clear gloss varnish already.
Am I right in thinking that nitro and acrylic both take weeks to cure properly, but are probably easier to work with.
Poly cures much quicker (??) but is harder, and more difficult to work with.
I would really appreciate advice on this.
BTW, I am all set up with the proper sanding/buffing stuff to polish the clear coat afterwards.
If you want a clear that's going to last and be able to handle some bumping I wouldn't use acrylic or nitro. I always use a 2 part catalyzed urethane and yes, they make it in a spray can!
There's an extra cap on top of the existing cap that you put on a stem on the bottom, smack it on the ground, shake it up and you have a catalyzed product! I've worked with paint and refinishing for a long time and this is by far the easiest clear i've used. Just like with any clear you have to be careful not to overload your clear around your contours. Two coats of this product (wet on wet) will give you a good, long lasting clear. This product also lays down exceptionally well to the point where I've had a few cases where no buffing was needed.
If you feel like you want to add another coat after this product dries then only do one extra. People will tell you that multiple coats of clear is the right answer but that's actually what you want to avoid. Too many coats of clear and the product will become more susceptible to cracking due to trapped solvents. PM me if you have any other questions!
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