It’s been a few months since my last post, and many of you probably think that I gave up on this project.  Well, this isn’t the case. It’s taken me this long to finish the lacquer portion of this project because of one very large mistake – I used ACRYLIC lacquer, rather than NITROCELLULOSE lacquer.

You might ask why this is such a big deal, well let me tell you:

  1. Acrylic lacquer is much more time consuming to use, as it only allows you to build paper-thin layers upon one another.  Nitrocellulose lacquer allows you to just goop the stuff on, quite thickly, and very quickly.  The positive side of using this, is that it is readily available and sold in spray cans.  Unless you have a sprayer setup, this is the way to go.  
  2. Acrylic lacquer, due to the fact that you can’t build thick layers, is much more prone to moisture bubbles building beneath the surface.  This happened to me on the top edge of this guitar, and I’m just going to have to live with it.  I will chalk that up as part of the learning process.
Ultimately, I am just plain tired of building lacquer, and want to begin putting this project to bed.  Overall, I believe I used somewhere close to 15 cans of acrylic lacquer.  Multiply this by approximately $7 a can (cheaper at Amazon.com, click here), and you can see another reason for my frustration.  Below are pictures of the guitar body, with the final coats of lacquer (pre-sanding).  The next step will be to do a final, wet sanding, treatment to smooth out all sides of this guitar.  I’ll detail that in the next post, so for now, enjoy the pictures.
The above picture allows you to see the glitter beneath the surface.  If you look closely, you can see the wavy finish that needs to be smoothed out by sanding. 

This shot gives you a good look at the back of the guitar.  Note the waviness here, that needs to be smoothed out by sanding.  Oh, and for those of you who were wondering, the paint cans were just used to prop the guitar body on its edge, while applying some finishing coats of lacquer to the top.

This is still a few steps away from the finished product, and it already has a great shine!  It will be a little disconcerting to see how we mess up this finish by sanding it in its entirety.

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