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Telecaster Refinish

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by terryj47, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. terryj47


    Oct 20, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I started this thread at TDPRI and haven't received a lot of advice.


    Can anyone comment on my last post? I'll include it here.

    I'm considering using this process on my pine tele body. I would like the pickled look but I can't get all of the scorch marks off without removing too much material. The worst scorch marks occurred on the top as I was working on the edges. The heat from the gun went under the body.
    I would use their coffee stain in the same product line. I'll add the latest pics. Sanded to 220 about as far as I'm going to go.

    I also considered the DKM-9 water based finish from Luthiers Mercantile International, Inc. But they couldn't confirm compatibility with minwax. Their dyes would work great I'm sure if the would wasn't sealed to varying degrees from the original finish.


    Would anyone recommend their water-based wipe on poly over the polycrylic?

    All comments appreciated but I have ruled out nitro due to cost and I really don't have a good place to leave a make-shift spray booth set up for some number of days. I got a quote for a pro nitro finish for just the body. $270. I paid $280 for the guitar! And the DIY materials would run about $100 with shipping.

    I know it's not a bass but my bass doesn't need refinishing.

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