The last time you saw the state of things, the body had been dyed, and then shellac seal coats applied, then pores were filled with tinted pore-o-pac.
This time, the pore-o-pac remained in the pores after sanding down to bare wood, which I think I now greatly prefer. Then, the body was dyed with diluted transtint dyes. Then, I applied Minwax dark walnut stain over the dye. I like the result.
I've got a very even looking result, very similar to the way it was before, only much better now.
I've really learned a lot about staining and finishing:
- It's good to dilute Transtint dyes greatly with distilled water, and make lots of applications so that you can "creep" up on your desired shade.
- Transtint red mahogany dye is very red looking, but so is the brown mahogany dye. If you're looking to get a Martin-ish-looking mahogany finish using red then brown, get something else for the brown.
- If the Transtint shade is too dark, and you're diluting it with water, you can lighten it with a damp rag.
- Don't ever dilute Transtint dye with alcohol and then apply that to bare wood.
- Putting pore-o-pac filler on top of a seal coat makes everything appear too dull, and takes much of the "pop" out of a stunning piece of wood.
- Before finishing a mahogany guitar, dampen the wood and sand it to 220 grit several times. Sometimes the grain will just keep raising and raising!
- Naptha is very nasty stuff. It doesn't seem to stink too awful much, but then, the next thing you know, you've got pneumonitis.
- If you can, do this stuff outside, but not when cottonwood fluff is flying.
- Primo info for french polishing on guitars is here and here.
- Here is a good link with info on using transtint dyes.
- When doing french polish, never put the shellac directly onto the muneca. Load inside of it.
- If you dye your wood only with transtint dyes, the seal coat can take some of the color off and make your surface color uneven.
- Minwax stain stays more even in color than dye, when you cover it.
- I got best results with Minwax stains when I dipped a rag in the stain, then wiped the rag on something in order to get rid of as much wetness as I could, then applied that to wood.
- Don't mess with baby oil when doing french polish. Walnut oil is much better, and it dries with the finish.
- You can mix walnut oil directly with your shellac.
- When filling pores using pumice, don't get too agressive with it, you'll take the finish off and/or remove spots of stain.
- They say that rags soaked with naptha can spontaneously combust, but I tried, and I couldn't get mine to do that.
I think that's enough tips for now. More will come to me later. Or, call me and I'll tell you more. I can't help you with what to do when your wife starts telling you that you've been spending too much time in your shop, though.
I have a couple of things mounted on my pegboard so the body can hang there. One goes thru the soundhole and two other little guys come out and touch the masked-off bridge area.
The camera's flash makes it look much lighter and more reddish than it really does.