Fantastic journey. Thanks for sharing it with us, Ed.
Looking forward to seeing finished product.
Thanks DJB, happy to do it. I can't wait to get tunes playing through them.
I'm going to try the EM7000 high build lacquer next for that very reason. Fewer coats needed
Thanks Mike. I considered th EM 7000 for the second gallon of this project, but I decided to stay with the 6000. I am anxious to read your thoughts on the 7000, it would have been nice to use fewer coats and possibly have it fill in veneer imperfections more quickly.
I've long held that the finishing is at least half the build time when one is doing something special like these. Almost makes the woodwork look easy, eh?
They look good from here, are you pleased with the outcome, Ed?
Hi Peter, yes, that has been the case with these. I have learned a lot through the process, I believe I can save myself some time on future builds, but yes very time consuming.
They have flattened out quite a bit although not perfect. They will level out more with these last few coats and light sanding. Something occurred to me after doing the last sanding, using an 11" piece of 1"x2" as a sanding block has probably slowed my progress versus using a smaller block that would not require as wide an area to be flat. They are looking good, another coat or two and I am going to call it done, then on to my next new adventure, buffing out the finish!
I have been having an issue with my gun the last two coats, maybe someone here can offer a solution. The gun was taken apart and cleaned prior to each time the problem occurred. After spraying each of the last coats, when I tear the gun down I find dried material that looks like spiraled cellophane. This has impacted the spray negatively. There is not much to the sprayer, Wagner Control Spray Max, only about 6 pieces if you count the handle, plus the air supply. It worked well the first gallon, no issue. I can't imagine there being a difference in the material that could cause something like this, more likely I am doing something wrong, but I can't imagine what it would be.
This is where we are with the last two coats: