Is lacquer good for guitar?

2019-03-12 by No Comments

Is lacquer good for guitar?

Although nitrocellulose lacquer may give a guitar an airier sound, its softer texture does make it susceptible to cosmetic damage. This means that dings and scratches are more visible on guitars with nitro finishes, and much easier to inflict.

Is acrylic lacquer good for guitars?

Yes, acrylic does dry faster than nitrocellulose and I think it would be a good choice for a guitar finish. It also doesn’t yellow – a plus or a minus depending on your view of relics – and produces a less brittle, more flexible finish. It is more expensive than nitro though.

How much does it cost to refinish a guitar?

The starting cost of a guitar refinish is about $200 for the body while a professional custom paint job can cost $600 or even more. Paint and other material will only cost you around $50 to $60, it’s the labor that’s expensive. You can do it on your own, but the process will take a lot of time and patience.

Can you spray paint a guitar body?

Start Painting your Guitar If you’ve decided that you’re going to use a spray paint, make sure that you’re applying thin layers of paint and allowing each thin coat to dry completely before applying another coat of paint.

Does guitar finish effect tone?

In a guitar, the wood and finish are coupled and since there’s a lot more wood than finish, the wood has greater effect on tone than paint.

What finish is used on guitar necks?

What Material is best for guitar Neck finish? Nitrocellulose is thinner than Polyurethane and Polyester so it resonates better but offers less protection from dent and scratch. Poly Finishes offer a Harder finish with more Gloss but can constrict the wood from expansion and contraction compressing the tone.

Is acrylic lacquer the same as lacquer?

Acrylic lacquers CAB-acrylic lacquer dries to a less brittle and more flexible film than that of nitrocellulose lacquer. Otherwise, the working properties are much the same: it is best applied by spray equipment, diluted with regular lacquer thinner to obtain the ideal spraying viscosity, and it is fast-drying.

Does acrylic lacquer melt into itself?

That said, acrylic isn’t a perfect substitute. Waterbornes won’t melt in; this makes finishing more time-consuming and repairs more difficult. You must scuff-sand each coat to ensure a good bond.

Is refinishing a guitar worth it?

Although there are good reasons to refinish a guitar, there are also reasons not to. However battered a guitar is, it’s value will be affected by any finish work carried out. In general, valuable vintage guitars should never be refinished unless they have no original finish left.

Do guitars get better with age?

Do Electric Guitars Sound Better With Age? Yes, some electric guitars also sound better as they age, in a similar way to acoustic guitars. The vibrations again lead to the breakdown of sap, creating a more resonant tone with better sustain. However, this is less important with electric guitars than with acoustic ones.

What kind of lacquer to use on guitars?

I use nitrocellulose lacquer as the finish for most of the instruments I build. Each of the many acceptable types of instrument finishes has its strengths and weaknesses. I have worked with lacquer for many years and have a pretty good understanding of it.

How long does it take for lacquer to cure on guitar?

After I have all of the lacquer on the guitar, I will let it cure for at least 3 weeks before I start sanding it. This allows time for most of the solvents to evaporate. If I try sanding and buffing the lacquer too soon, it won’t buff to a high shine and fine scratches will remain visible.

Where is the lacquer on a Fender Stratocaster?

There shouldnt be any lacquer on the side of the fretboard or fret tang area…..that looks awful (2nd fret) – can you return the guitar or contact Fender customer service? How long have you had it…. holy crap.. im panicking right now.

How many coats of lacquer are in a zimnicki guitar?

I do have an approximate count of the number of times I point my spray gun at the guitar, so I could tell people that there are 15 to 20 coats of lacquer. However, there is no consistent definition of what a “coat” represents as far as a quantity of lacquer.