How do you match a headstock to this killer pickguard? Our friend Dave Slusser figured out a technique, and he is kind enough to share it with us. Read on!
The finish is three coats of StewMac waterbased grain filler sanded to 320 grit between coats, then two coats of StewMac sanding sealer ( aerosol ), 320 grit between first and second coat, 600 grit after second. Then three coats of StewMac Black Gloss Nitro ( aerosol ) 320 grit after coats one and two... 600 grit after coat three.
Then here's where all the
experimenting came in. I finally ended up using an Encore Metallic
Silver waterbased acid free ink in stamp pad form. These can be gotten at
Michaels craft store chain. They are distributed by Tsukineko, Inc
Redmond, WA. Check out all their products at
The reason for my choice was because of the waterbased/acid-free thing. I
needed something that would allow me to wipe off the ink without any trace
if I made a mistake while stamping. Some of the other brand/types of inks
are solvent based and WILL bite right fast to the lacquer and cannot be
removed without sanding and re-spraying. I did find that while this IS an
water-based acid-free type of ink, water does NOT remove it completely and
will leave a residue of the same color that can't be removed. So, after
experimentation, I found that plain old mineral spirits does remove it
completely, however, you will need to work at it and do it as quickly as
possible after the mistake has been made. I found that a bit of soap and
water after the removal will take off the rest of any residue. BUT, here
again, speed is the key, you cannot let it set.
Dave added, "Could you add the web address for that Paisley pickguard? It's from John Polk at http://www.terrapinguitars.com."
|As always, thanks Dave!|