While the sanding sealer was drying, I decided to test the lacquers on a spare bit of wood. I was hoping to make a blue/purple burst, which was why I bought the blue and purple lacquers. However, I should have bought blue and red, because once I put the purple over the blue, it just became dark blue.
I don’t think the purple was as red as I was imagining, so this meant that I wouldn’t get exactly the (rather gaudy) finish that I’d had in mind. Oh well, onwards and upwards!
Once the sanding lacquer had dried, there were some rough patches so I gave it another light sanding and cleaned it off before starting to apply the clear blue lacquer. I had some issues with rain and then a bit of dead leaf floating onto my guitar while I was spraying it outside (nowhere to do it inside), and this was how the body looked after three coats. Not great!
So a bit of work was required to try to cover over my mistakes. I sanded gently around the problem area and applied a couple more coats, and it looked a bit better.
Not perfect, but not too bad. At this point, I decided to make a mock-up of the finished guitar by placing everything together, just to see how it would look it I’d stopped there.
Not too bad…but I had a can of purple lacquer bouncing around inside my cupboard and demanding to be used! I masked off the sides of the headstock because I wanted to leave the sides and back blue, together with the neck (I’d decided that the blue neck looked rather good), and went on the attack. In total, I did about six coats of the purple lacquer, and then gently rubbed down any rough bits with a piece of 800 grit sandpaper that I soaked in water for an hour beforehand, a technique that I’d seen on the Internet, before applying the final coats of clear gloss. With the clear gloss, I applied a number of coats until I’d emptied the can – I can’t remember now how many coats there were.
So this was the final result of my lacquer job….my blue burst!
I left the whole thing to dry for just over two weeks before sanding it again lightly with 400, 800 and 1200 grit paper. Then I used some Meguiar’s ultra-finishing polish (made for cars) to buff the surface into submission and rubbed down the fretboard with lemon oil, and it was ready for the final step – the assembly.