Hi in my single cut bass thread i mention my usual method of gloss finishing my basses and guitars which is wiping on. Ok for those of you who were following the previous how to do a true oil finish thread you already know that i decided to go with minwax satin wipe on poly for this guitars finish instead.
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But if you do want a thin but rather durable finish go with the wipe on.
Wipe on polyurethane guitar finish. Wipe on poly 1 can mineral spirits. This builds a finish quickly on something flat like a floor or tabletop but gets belligerent when met with the curves and contours of a guitar body. It can be used on bare wood as a primary finish over repairs leaving a durable protective finish and over existing finishes to improve.
I carefully applied poly to the guitar with a natural bristle brush. So i guess im still trying to decide. My buddy trevin recently finished a guitar body using wipe on poly and had great results so i figured with a redwood top.
So ive been doing a bunch of samples with poly trying to get the technique down and it was only until i started finishing this body did it all really make sense. Colortone wipe on poly is a great alternative when aerosols and solvent based finishes are not appropriate. There was some controversy as to how well the finish would go on and more importantly how it would affect the guitars sound and resonance.
I can tell you wipe on poly can be very thin. Easy to use waterbase finish made for instruments. The stuff you see in round cans is thick gloopy applied with a brush.
As of right now it seems that the wipe on poly is the leading choice as i was successful in getting a very durable finish with a very thin coating. Well i finished the guitar and have been constantly testing. Wipe on poly can be thin being a carpenter who builds cabinets and furniture.
I will be refinishing another one of my ukes and stripping the nitro just trying to figure out if i want to use truoil or the wipe on poly. I recently did a thread on another forum so forgive me for cutting and pasting but it is a technique that is probably of interest to any of those of you who might be stuck fo. If you are looking for a real protection layer for your instrument buy some rattle can poly.
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