The J Bass and Les Paul builds are explained elsewhere in this blog so here I'd like to concentrate on how to achieve a very high gloss, durable and acoustically sound finish using standard automotive spray lacquer from Plasticote. These cans are available from automotive supply stores and I chose them because they are nitrocellulose lacquer.
shake the cans well and heat the cans in a warm water bath before
spraying. Be careful not to get any water in the spray nozzles and
always hold the cans upside down and spray to clean out the nozzles once
you are done spraying so that they don't get clogged with lacquer.
the body of the guitar with sanding sealer to achieve a uniform smooth
surface. Your final finish depends upon a smooth, clean base. If you
are spraying a solid color, you might consider using a primer in place
of the clear sanding sealer. Mount the guitar body on a support so that
you can comfortably hold it while spraying. Here you can see the body
and neck of the J-bass drying during the finishing process.
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