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slodoug
Posted 2020-09-14 11:53 AM (#552849)
Subject: Applause refinish


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Not sure how this is going to progress, I've already sanded some of the top and the high spots look like they are showing the bracing under top. I know the top is a cheap laminate. Not looking for a good wood look although i considered a veneer on top. Probably would go gloss or matte black after a ton of filler. Any thoughts?

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seesquare
Posted 2020-09-14 6:15 PM (#552851 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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As long as it plays decently, cosmetics be damned! Shoot some stain on the top to even it out, a couple of clearcoats, and string it up. Suppose you could get creative with a rosette, if the original has eloped.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-09-14 9:54 PM (#552852 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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the original rosette was attached to the pickguard. shows you how the cheap models were made.
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seesquare
Posted 2020-09-15 6:35 AM (#552856 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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Cheap may be a bit harsh. Entry-level maybe, or inexpensive, as compared with the de rigueur product line. Applesauce models played pretty well, generally. Then, there's that aluminum neck........good excuse to learn slide guitar.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-09-15 10:13 AM (#552857 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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I've owned this one since i was 13 (52 now). played it a lot in my stepdads bluegrass band back them. I punched a hole in the back when i fell on it last year thus the inner epoxy resin you can see. I'm just worried about sanding it too much and not being able to get a flat area.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-09-20 8:19 PM (#552899 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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gonna do a lake placid blue metallic job on it.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-10-11 12:07 PM (#553018 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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so update, the original finish was poly over a paint job and the wood is just plywood really. I tried 2 attempts at sealing it with vinyl sealer lacquer and got too many cracks. i'm going to do a light white poly wipe-on coat, then lacquer on top of that.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2020-10-11 5:24 PM (#553019 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish



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You need to post play-by-play photos.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-10-12 2:25 PM (#553021 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: RE: Applause refinish


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cracks. applied too fast and too thick.



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Love O Fair
Posted 2020-10-13 4:23 AM (#553025 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish



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Yep. Vibration is going to be pretty limited with that thickness. Could make for an 'interesting' sound though.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-10-13 1:05 PM (#553030 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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i missed the part where they say not to do more than 1-2 coats of sealer. my current attempt is much lighter.
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slodoug
Posted 2020-10-13 2:29 PM (#553031 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: RE: Applause refinish


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Love O Fair
Posted 2020-10-13 10:32 PM (#553033 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish



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So is this white just a sealer, or is it the final finish color, or are you still going for the metallic blue?
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slodoug
Posted 2020-10-14 10:40 AM (#553035 - in reply to #552849)
Subject: Re: Applause refinish


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thats just the sealer, 2 light coats. next up is sand to 400 then metallic blue.
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