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Elm Body and Filler Primer etc.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Digitalheadless, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Digitalheadless


    Dec 27, 2013
    Can anyone tell me if I need to use a sanding sealer before I use filler primer on a elm bass body. Ihave the primer, the nitro solid colour laquer and clear waiting to go on but not sure if I can go straight to pri.er or not.

    If I need a sesler can I use a couple of coats of clear laquer for this?

    Any input would be thankfully received.


    Neil :confused:
  2. Bass Battalion

    Bass Battalion

    Jan 5, 2014
    Nitro chips off after a while, make an oil finish instead (handrubbed), use Beeswax on top about every 6 months .... You will appreciate the colour tone for years to come

    oil will also make it shine beyond any nitro

  3. Bass Battalion

    Bass Battalion

    Jan 5, 2014
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    Bass Battalion

    Jan 5, 2014
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    Bass Battalion

    Jan 5, 2014
  6. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    If memory serves, elm features a coarse grain and rather open pores, so I'd use a sanding sealer first.
  7. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Filler primer is usually a little too porous to provide good sealing of the wood below. The porosity is great for adhesion of paint coats, but not so great to guarantee a good sealcoat. You can use clear lacquer as a sanding sealer if you want, but I'd always recommend a test piece to ensure compatibility before doing the real deal...
  8. Digitalheadless


    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks guys. After talking to a furniture ristorer yesterday, he said it would be ok, but..... Today before I got all your posts I applied two coats of filler primer, now need to rub back and fill some inperfections the I couldnt feel or see beforehand. I considered using a coat of clear first but on his advice I've just used a third of a tin of primer.
    What do you think of a rub back fill where requied and a coat of clear then primer (both of which are same manufacture and claim compatablaty) then continue on as planned. The finish isn't to bad apart from showing the slight imperfections. I did consider oil as a finish but the wood had what appeared tobe a damp mark in it that I couldnt remove, solid colour appeared the best choice.
    Thanks again
    Neil :)