poly and nitro finishes

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Precision345, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Precision345


    Feb 19, 2013
    Hi TB,

    I need help with applying a clear coat to a bass once it has been painted. I don't know whether to do poly or nitro as I am a beginner and first timer at this sort of thing.

    First off, it should be known that I intend to use a brush to apply the clear coat and not a spray gun. Secondly, I would like to know how much I should be using, also, drying times, sanding, etc?

    Where can I get either of these and for poly, do I want to use a oil or water based?

    I really want to do this right and not **** it up.

    Ahhhh heelp me! :(
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I believe there are hand rubbed poly finishes available if you want to try that
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    * Also ask in the luthier forum, you'll get answers from people who do this on a regular basis rather than players like myself who are just opinionated
  4. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    First, brush finish will probably not be good, second, the clear you use id determined by the base you use , what kind of finish do you have under the clear?
  5. Mark4


    Oct 21, 2007
    Based on personal experience, I'd go with nitro. It's easier to fix mistakes or build up thin spots in a way that looks good, and it basically melts into itself when you apply a new coat. I've had a good outcome from applying several thin coats, allowing to dry and then dry sanding every few until finishing it up with wet-sanding and automotive polish.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Isn't nitro notoriously difficult to work with, and a big reason why most companies don't use it? If that's true, as a beginner, I wouldn't want to start with it.
  7. Precision345


    Feb 19, 2013
    Thanks Mark4. After some reading I'm leaning towards Nitro. Poly sounds like a big pain in the ass
  8. fretno


    May 10, 2009
    If you are going for a brush on I recommend Minwax wipe on poly . I love it and the satin is my favorite finish for a neck . I use fresh made shellac for a wash coat then a few coats of MW wipe on , then wax . It's super easy to use . Here are several done with Minwax wipeon



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