Thinking of mixing up some custom-color nitro...

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  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I'm doing my art guitars with Liquitex Glossies paint, and I have access to a local Trinity lacquer supplier who will mix custom colors.

    I'm thinking of having a few gallons mixed to match certain base colors that I expect to use often.

    These will be used as a base coat under the art and/or on the back of the bodies.

    I'm wondering if there is a readily available source of classic colors in nitro for spray-gun guys.

    If there is, I haven't found one.
     
  2. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I am sure there might be some interest, Personally, I mix most of my own colors, but have gone almost totally waterborne these days.
     
  3. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    When I want to tint nitrocellulose lacquer, shellac, or waterborne finishes, I add Transtint aniline dye, which is highly concentrated (two ounces per half-gallon of diluent). I don't pre-mix, because I like to have the option of altering the intensity to suit the task at hand, and because the dye seems to last longer in its concentrated form.


    http://www.homesteadfinishingproducts.com/htdocs/TransTint.htm
     
  4. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I've gotten Trans-Tint at the local ReRanch...good stuff!

    So...I've had a few gallons of Trinity nitro lacquer mixed up in traditional colors, including "classic sonic", "classic surf", and "classic blonde".

    I'll be interested to see how they work out.

    :cool:
     
  5. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    The Liquitex you propose to use is an acrylic.

    Have you determined the compatibility of an acrylic with a nitro-lacquer?

    I guess that in some ways I confused by what your intentions are, exactly, as reflected in post #1 . . . are you looking to base coat the Liquitex and then shoot lacquer over it? Or something else?!
     
  6. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    LedBelli,

    Here's what I'm up to:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=682958&highlight=

    My process so far has ben:

    Sanding sealer > Liquitex Glossies > sanding sealer > nitro clear.

    I mist the first coats of lacquer over the Glossies.

    Going forward I plan to use nitro after the SS as a base color coat.

    :cool:
     
  7. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    JC, are you using a water based dye with the waterborne as well?
     
  8. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Okay, I get it. It looks to me like you have it surrounded. Keep up the good work!
     
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