I want a polished finish for this ash Jaguar body - but I also want a super-thin nitro coat. Here's how I achieve a high gloss in just six, *(or seven) steps.
Filling a few minor "pinholes", tinting and toning the colour coat, and applying a final clear gloss lacquer topcoat on a white blonde "Mary Kaye" type nitro finish.
I've had a while to rethink my original plans for this Jaguar, and instead of a "natural", shellacked finish - I'm going to spray a "white blonde" nitro finish instead.
More essential body prep, before the enforced lay-off for my upcoming eye op. This time it's sealing and fine sanding an Ash Jaguar body.
The first stage of fine-finishing this swamp ash Jaguar body, is to apply a grain filler - followed by careful flat-sanding and burnishing
Another Jaguar project. This time - to mop up a few more spare parts, and to act as a sort of "partner" to my in-progress, Candy Apple Red, Custom US Jaguar.
My Gold-leafed, Hardtail Stratocaster is complete. It's a true "Covidcaster", and has helped sustain me through Lockdown - but I must admit - I think I did this more for the experience, than from ever actually wanting "the bling".
Stringing my custom, gold-leafed hardtail Fender Stratocaster for the first time. Standard setup, but plenty of scope for fine adjustment.
The lacquer on the Hardtail Stratocaster should have cured enough to polish up reasonably well. It's a bit of a monotonous slog to work through all of the various grades of grit, but it promises to be well worth the effort.
The first coats of lacquer on the Hardtail Stratocaster have now had a month to cure. There are a few surface marks which will need polishing out - but I need to make sure the lacquer coat is thick enough to flat back, without removing the gold.