masked elwood wrote:looks fucking fab!
hard to believe it's your first build. damn fine work.
Thanks! That means a lot coming from a connoisseur of fine guitars such as yourself!
In preparation for the finish I of course consulted the internet. The internet told me that
- for woods like Maple and Alder no grain filler is necessary
- you can use nitro without a sealer/primer
and surely one can of paint is enough, right?
DON'T TRUST THE INTERNET, KIDS!
Since lacquer has no grain filling ability to speak of, where the wood has been cut across the grain (the horns mainly) suddenly there were lots and lots of tiny little holes visible. Tried covering them up with epoxy, with no success. Instead I focused on the face of the body and, after finishing the can of paint, the wood grain was still visible. Suddenly realised that sanding the paint might get a better result, which actually worked - a nice flat black finish.
Since then I've bought two more cans of black nitro (just to be on the safe side) and have gone back to filling holes with the good old sawdust & glue combination along with a lot more sanding:
(pictures from a few days ago)
There are still a few dings and scratches that I want to fill, but I'm starting to settle with the fact that the finish won't be perfect. Anyway, lessons learned for next time, right?