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Re: Help Me with Staining

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Posted by Martin Sheridan on June 03, 2001 at 20:19:40:

In Reply to: Help Me with Staining posted by Laird Allshouse on June 03, 2001 at 15:59:43:

: I am refinishing my bass, and now have it stripped down. My first inclination was to use Minwax gel stain. Now I'm concerned about seeing a large difference in the resulting color of the spruce top vs. the maple sides and back. Surely the spruce will take up much more pigment than the maple.

: How do you get a color match between those two types of wood?

: If a stain is used, rather than a varnish, would Minwax's Wipeable Poly make an acceptable top coat?

: You don't say what kind of bass you have, but generally you devalue an instrument by stripping off the original varnish. If you started out with a bass with lacquer on it(nitrocelulous) anything is probably better as long as you don't use too much of it. However, now that you've got the varnish off what to use? I'm not that familar with the gel stains, but if you insist on going this way seal the wood, especially the spruce with a clear coat or two before you do it. Good bass makers only use spirit or oil varnishes and often make their own. Varnishing this way can be complicated. To put it another way: when I first started making basses I thought the woodworking was the hardest, now I think the finishing is. Good luck.

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