Lacquer finish on Afzalea wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rotorheadcase, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. rotorheadcase


    Apr 20, 2004
    Hi all...

    I have a Streamer Stage II which uses Afzalea wood for the body which is quite soft. As careful as I am with it I can't seem to avoid getting small nicks and marks on it from use and the area where I rest my thumb just above the neck pickup is constantly showing signs of wear. I find myself steaming out the dents and re-waxing it on a regular basis.

    I'm thinking of sanding down the whole body and back of the neck and then applying a urethane satin finish to help give it a bit more durability. I'm loathing the thought of altering the natural appearance of the wood but I don't know any other way to go to make it more hard-wearing for gigging.

    Anyone every tried doing this before? Am I going to make it worse by applying a lacquer over such a soft wood? Do I need to use any special solvent to get rid of the wax and oil finish? Any other suggestions???