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Body Finish Question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Stewbass, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Stewbass


    Dec 25, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hi everyone,
    I am looking to build a parts bass, and I am really looking into USA custom guitars for a really light weight ash body.
    I am considering getting a nitro finish, even though they are expensive because I like the way it ages. I know I don't want a really thick poly finish like the more modern fender basses that I have.
    Are there any other options for thin finishes that age that aren't as pricey as nitro?
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I did this bass in acrylic lacquer which will wear rather like nitro, but that's usually a do it yourself project.

  3. I use automotive acryllic lacquer. Very easy to apply and you can correct any mistakes along the way. You can get it at most auto parts stores. It comes in spray cans in solid colors, metallics and clears. All lacquers chip easily and are basiclly very thin finishes.
  4. Stewbass


    Dec 25, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for the replies so far,
    I appreciate your responses, but I want it to be a professional job not DIY.
    How do stained finishes age? I am not looking for somthing that really "chips" more than scratches like on my old Ibanez Blazer Bass.
    BTW, I am looking to get a white finish.

    I put an attachment of a picture of what I am talking about.

    Thanks again,
    you are all awesome for replying!
  5. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Don't know what was on your Ibanez. The typical bullet proof stuff they use on most basses these days that is usually called poly, chips rather than scratches off.

    If I wanted a non poly finish that would age nicely and can be stained under the clear finish I'd use an oil based stain and top coat it with something like Old Masters aklyd varnish. So that would be a stain on the bare wood, top coated with clear alkyd varnish. Any good furniture restoration specialist could do it for you. Not many luthiers use it these days.

    If you were anywhere near where I am I could do it, but there should be a few people in your area.

    But a nitro finish would look good too.

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