Hey folks, I'm always trying new finishing techniques for environmental reasons as well as ease of use.
So, I've been trying some water based (Target brand) water based lacquer. I tried wiping it on as well as brushing and spraying it. The spray technique has by far, been the best so far. My spraying techniques are not perfected, but I am getting close.
Here are a couple of pics of the most recent black lacquer P bass I'm re-building.
This bass is built on a Mighty Mite neck and an Allparts body. I purchased the body from Allparts as a "factory 2nd" the only issue with it was a small "knot" in the back. All of the hardware came from a "donor" bass. Since I was going to go with an opaque color, it knot in the body didn't matter to me. However, warning, these bodies come with very rough milling marks and are not sanded in the least bit. The neck was finished using the same technique as the body only without the color coats.
Here is the finishing schedule I used; http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/Fini...st=3&xsr=14445
I am very pleased at the results. I washed up all my equipment with warm soapy water and here's the best part. I live in a dry climate, so the entire process to finish this body was completed in less than 2 days. Including wet sanding. Wet sanding tip - use mineral spirits to "wet" sand water based products.
To keep things simple, I used the same product (EM600) for wash coats, color coats and top coats. She polished up to a high gloss using minimal effort.
Black was probably not my best choice for my first opaque finish, as it shows every little swirl mark and tiny scratch. I must admit I am pretty satisfied with the results though.
Please feel free to comment or ask questions.