What kind of clear gloss for my Squier headstock?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by HLF, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. HLF


    Jan 21, 2013
    Hi all, this is my first post here on TB. I love the glossy clearcoat on the face of Fender's 2008-present Am. Std. headstocks, and would love to have the same look on my Squier fretless. I am NOT removing the Squier name- I actually want to show it off!:bassist:
    Would a spray-on Poly from Home Depot or Lowe's (or anywhere else) do the trick? Any help is much appreciated- thanks in advance, everyone.
  2. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    reranch.com sell clear nitrocellulose
  3. Mickey Mao

    Mickey Mao

    Jun 7, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Several thin layers of spray on poly, such as Minwax, along with wet-sanding with very fine grit sandpaper (I'd go from 1000 to 2000) after it dries for a few days, will do the trick. Be sure to remove the tuners and string tree. It make the job easier if you remove the neck as well.
  4. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    ^^ deft can take an extremely long time to dry. Much longer than other lacquers.

    Spray on poly is what fender uses unless otherwise specified. A few good layers, wet sanding and buffing it up to a shine will give you that flat, high gloss finish that doubles as a mirror.

    Of course the same thing could be done with a lacquer, and it'll take less time and be easier to touch up since there won't be any witness lines if you sand through a layer or two in one spot.
  5. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I would advise against laquer over poly. It could peel over time. But, it might not. The headstock doesn't get a lot of wear, so it *might* be OK there. I wouldn't do it anywhere else on the bass though. Poly over poly is a much safer bet.
  6. wcoffey81


    Feb 3, 2012
    S/E Michigan
  7. Took me two weeks and 15 coats. I had the time. Was worth it. Then again, I took the headstock to bare wood, sealed it, painted and decaled it and then applied the Deft. I consulted someone I used to work with at Hamer and he suggested Deft to be the best. The guy is a finish expert. Deft dries to the touch very quickly. No major manufacturer is going to rush through the finish process if they want it right. You have to have patience and give the coats time to cure.
  8. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    But, with other lacquers that produce the same quality of finish, it's generally hard enough to buff out in 3 days or less.
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I used Krylon on a body. Buffed through 5 coats of it and through the paint... by hand. So I won't recommend that.

    I'd say WATCO CLEAR LACQUER is the best stuff I've used. Easy to spray on a great headstock finish. Available at Woodcraft stores.
  10. Good enough.
  11. HLF


    Jan 21, 2013
    I think I'll try the spray on poly/ wet sanding method- seems to be the most compatible with the existing neck finish.Thanks for the replies!