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Bird eye maple trouble!!!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by _alex_, Jan 24, 2005.


  1. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    hello,

    my bird eye top started to get very dirty,so i sand it and now it has black small stripes in it :crying:
    what happen here,i sand it with 220 grit and i was ready to go smoother but now this marks are killing me :help:

    if there isnt any solution what can i put to make very darker?
    shoe polish?

    pls advice ...

    thanks
     
  2. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    no one...pls :bawl:
     
  3. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Did you use black wet/dry sand paper on it?
     
  4. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    yes i did,do you think its because the paper?

    it dont look like stain or something,it look more like something with the wood...
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Is this a bass you are building or is it a bass that is done and has no finish on it?
     
  6. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    hello,

    its a natural oil finish Warwick,i dont know what to do :bawl:

    if there isnt any chance to make it like new again,pls tell me how to darken it (i really dont want this).


    thanks
     
  7. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Oh Hammy....Mr. Hambone...

    He should be along soon. If anyone knows how to fix wood, he does! Hang in there.
     
  8. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    hey,can someone call him :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:
     
  9. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Put down the shoe polish. You do not want to solve this by darkening it.

    Can you take a picture? Do the dark streaks look like they are part of the wood, or do they look like you somehow rubbed them in? You could have ground some oil or grease in while you were working.

    At any rate, I use the black wet/dry all the time and unless you bought some oily salvage version of the stuff I would not blame that. Move up a grit and see if the streaks get lighter.

    Pictures would be helpful. Do not do anything rash.
     
  10. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    hello,
    today i put some alcool in it,let dry and then do more sanding with a 3M free cut(220)this time and the black stripes almost gone :hyper:

    so i think there was something about the black grit(norton 220) i was using...

    there is only some stripes now,can i put something more strong than alcool?

    thanks for the help,
     
  11. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I've found if there's dirt or oil on the piece, which was the case here, that the wet/dry paper when used dry will tend to smear the dirt around with rather than removing it.
     
  12. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002

    Keep sanding....
     
  13. _alex_

    _alex_

    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    thanks all for the info,

    i was almost to shot myself :ninja: or throw the bass to the fire!!!

    woahhhh!!! its getting clear now,in matter a fact i never seen this bass so clear !!!including when i get it from the store!!!

    and btw what should i put to finish? i mean the warwick bees wax is a little yellow so i like the bass now,very white.

    is there any other finish to perserve its natural colour?

    thanks
     
  14. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    If you're set up for shooting clear lacquer...satin, not gloss...that might do it. It'll still darken it a little, but probably not as much as wax. Or, if you're into wax, see if there is a clear wax around (paraffin?) and try it on a piece of scrap wood. Just an idea.