Minwax or StewMac?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by JVjunky, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. Afrika61

    Afrika61 Squier-holic

    Tru Oil on the left(43 coats) and pure shellac on the right:
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  2. Ray Stankewitz

    Ray Stankewitz Squier-Meister

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    Just an observation or two; SprayMax 2K is rock hard the next day. Don't let it set too long or you're never buffing it out by hand, you will need a buffing wheel and compounds to bring it up. It will buff out to a thing of beauty.

    Also, SM 2K can be held for a day after activation if you put it in your refrigerator as soon as you've laid down the number of desired coats the first day. The second day, you need to heat it up before shooting the rest of the can. I'm still not totally sold on SM 2K as I'm not sure the finish is flexible enough for a guitar neck or acoustic top.

    I have also finished some red oak fishing rod racks with Rustoleum Marine Spar Varnish by wiping on the thinnest of coats, letting it soak in for a few minutes, then wiping off the excess. Once dry to the heavy touch, repeat. Light sanding with 600 grit every sixth coat. It did take a few days (ten) but the finish made Tru-Oil look like a waste of time. Nice hard finish that could be sanded and buffed out.

    As an aside, coffee filters as applicators are not lint-free. Trust me on this one. I prefer an old t-shirt for this purpose.

    For an instrument, I would rather use a real instrument lacquer, even if I had to use a Preval sprayer to get the job done. I have used Behlens with no issues in either application or sanding/buffing.

    Just my $0.02 USD worth. YMMV.
     
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  3. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    Not much to add here other than I will never use Rustoleum anything. I won't dig up the thread, but I tried it on a Mini body a couple years ago. It never worked out. Right now it's packed away until I finish moving, but yeah. It never seemed to dry and always bubbled up. Followed directions to a T. I got the Mini at a good price then wasted a LOT or time and cash on it, I could have taken it somewhere for a professional job.
     
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  4. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Meister

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    I HAVE USED A LOT OF TRUE OIL ON GUITARS ALSO I ALSO USED IT ON GUN STOCKS REDOING THEM FOR FRIENDS GREAT STUFF, MY CAPLOCKS ARE STUCK AGAIN .
     
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  5. Ray Stankewitz

    Ray Stankewitz Squier-Meister

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    As an aside; Rustoleum Marine Spar Varnish isn't normally used for guitars but I'm going to give it a go just for grins. I'll order a cheap body & neck from GF the next time I order.

    That spar varnish is not a clear like lacquer or wipe on poly, it is a true varnish. Now I'm wondering if I can french polish with it. Hmm, when the weather gets back into the 60's . . .
     
  6. Ray Stankewitz

    Ray Stankewitz Squier-Meister

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    And I should add Behlens is now Mohawk.

    Woodcraft among others carry it in brush-on or spray.
     
  7. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-Nut

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    Jul 4, 2019
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    For heaven's sake Gary, GO BUY A NEW KEYBOARD!!

    I have a spare one in a box somewhere if you want me to send one.
     
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  8. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Meister

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    i rather buy guitars, this keyboard has had sweet tea spilled on it, honest i probably won't get another one until this one bites the dust
     
  9. Marko60

    Marko60 Squier-Meister

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    How come nobody has mentioned Re-Ranch dedicated guitar finishes? They will mix you any vintage lacquer you want and put it in a rattle can if you want. They also do tinters if you prefer
     
  10. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum Squier-Nut

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    I myself have used Tru Oil before ( Had Great Results) , however have you heard of wipe on poly. I'd consider that myself.
     
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