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Re: refinishing an Englehardt

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 13, 2001 at 15:01:52:

In Reply to: refinishing an Englehardt posted by Lynn on May 13, 2001 at 14:43:05:

: I had to strip the finish off the side of my Englehardt (blonde) because of some
: red mystery goo that appeared. It stripped off beautifully, but I can't get any
: consensus from the local luthiers about what to refinish it with. Does anybody
: know what comes on them from the factory? I'd like to refinish the whole thing,
: but I don't know how to replace the (apparently) painted-on purfling. Any ideas?
: Thanks.

I refinished my Kay (received painted blue and gold, a magician's prop) in 1966; we used a dark oil stain since there were some imperfections in the wood, and used a clear that I just don't remember. However, today there are so many great choices for finishing.

If I were to do it again, right now, I would seriously consider using tinted Minwax rub-on poly - the luthier who built me electric basses turned me on to his method, and I used it successfully on an electric upright bass I built. The method is described at the bottom of the page, link below. I think there is a benefit to not putting too heavy of a finish on these instruments.

We painted on the purfling using a pinstriping wheel brush, which you can probably find in an auto paint shop, which, as you may expect, has a brush attached to a wheel, so you can follow the outline of the bass and paint a line.

Good luck with your refinish!

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