Behlen Guitar Finishing Options
March 15, 2016
You aren't solo when you pick Behlen Guitar Finishing
products for your next project. This blog post explains the
different types of products we offer and how to use them. Feel free
to contact us with questions if you need further explanation!
There is a difference between furniture grade lacquer
and instrument lacquer. The primary difference is the lacquer's
flexibility which allows it to resist checking or cracking. On
furniture, we balance checking and printing which is the lacquer's
ability to resist impressions that come from a heavy vase or lamp
left sitting on the finish or from packing materials in contact
with furniture during shipping. If the lacquer is too soft,
printing becomes a real problem, but if the lacquer is too hard, it
is prone to cracking or checking as the wood expands and contracts
due to moisture and temperature variations. Both of these
conditions are compounded when the finish is applied thicker on a
solid body guitar or on thinner, more flexible acoustics.
Behlen's Stringed Instrument Lacquer is formulated to
provide the flexibility necessary to achieve a typical finish on
either solid body or acoustic instruments with less risk of
checking, as well as having a sufficient print resistance for
typical instrument use. Our instrument lacquer produces a higher
sheen or gloss than most furniture grade lacquers. When applied at
heavier depths then rubbed to perfection, a much greater shine and
depth of finish is achieved.
Our Vinyl Sealer is a
nitrocellulose lacquer based sealer with added vinyl resin designed
to provide superior flexibility, adhesion and resistance to
crushing if the instrument is dinged or dented. It also has
superior clarity compared to stearated lacquer sanding sealers
without compromising sanding qualities. Behlen Vinyl Sealer makes a
great base for applying our instrument lacquer.
Our Starcast Amber and Encore Brown toners are
designed to provide classic guitar colors common on both acoustic
and solid body guitars. Starcast Amber will provide a bright yellow
amber tone when applied lightly and builds warmth with added depth
of color. This allows you to build more variation when used to
create a sunburst finish. Our Tobacco Brown toner gives the classic
brown often used on sides, backs and necks and can also be used as
the darker shade on the perimeter of a sunburst finish. Our toners
are dye based colors for the highest clarity and depth of color.
You can find those for purchase here.
Behlen Finger Board Oil is a polymerizing oil finish
that sinks into the wood to provide protection and beauty without
building up on the fingerboard. After applying several coats, the
finish is rubbed using 4/0 Steel Wool to burnish the finish to a
uniform satin finish will little to no build.
Our guitar kit includes these
products as well as our Wool Lube sanding lubricant, sand papers,
various rubbing compounds, and instructions so that you have most
everything you may need to finish a guitar.
You can find our full line of guitar finishing