R8 Refinish... Sunburst to Road Worrior

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  1. jdto

    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    That is a cool-looking instrument.
     
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  3. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Here's a couple closeups of the aging so far.

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  4. deadlyweasel

    deadlyweasel Silver Supporter

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    Mr. Beef, you sir are the man.
     
  5. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Thank you for that, deadlyweasel!

    Some more progress on the the top of the R8...

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  6. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    I'm going to coverup that area above the bridge. I was going for some wear from the right hand. Stay tuned.
     
  7. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    Your mahogany color is an excellent complement for a gold top. Nice! And as for fretwire, I can only speak for myself, but I would think that whatever feels best for the player is the right choice. Matching a period spec, rather than player preference, makes no sense to me except perhaps for a museum piece, and I have no interest in those.
     
  8. 1981 LPC

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    Mr. Beef, I really dig your projects but fear this one overshot the mark. It's seemingly going from road warrior to something else entirely. Hope it turns out as you intended!

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  9. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Thanks, and I agree with you about how that pic looks. It's coming along in stages and looks different today. I'll have to post an update pic.
     
  10. jerry47

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    Is this R8 a Members Guitar your working on photo'd here?.
     

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  11. 68Charger

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    How are you aging the raw wood itself? I have read about using shoe polish and the vinegar/steel wool methods, but they don't have the right look.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    To remove the nitro, I wipe it lightly with acetone. I seem to be able to get it to look like the finish has chipped off rather than sanded away. A good example is on the back of this R8.

    I've done a number of things over the years and I've settled on trying to keep the methods as natural as possible. I'll use real dirt from outside or some grime I find in the shop. I'll use natural oils to give wood the character of a well-played guitar. I've even rubbed a guitar neck in my own sweat after a long run in the summer.:laugh2:

    I guess the point is, that if I'm trying recreate a natural look, I'm going to use the real dirt and grime when possible. Seems to make some sense.

    Don't worry Horseman, I didn't exactly use that last method on your guitar!
     
  13. LPaddicted

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    Love this thread !

    Mr. Beef, how do you green the gold color using salt and vinegar ?
     
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    Any progress on this one?
     
  15. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Yes, I just haven't been too good with getting pictures posted. I hoping to get all my threads updated this weekend.

    Been working on the new website... take a look: www.windycityguitars.com
     
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    Website looks good, Jim. I want the Slash studio conversion haha
     
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    The new page looks good man.
     
  18. LPaddicted

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    :wave:
     
  19. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    I use about 3 parts white vinegar and one part sea salt. Let it dissolve and then soak a paper towel in it. Take the towel and lay it on the part of the guitar that you want to turn green. This will also tarnish nickel parts nicely. Make sure the paper towel lays flat, or the greening will look a little funny.
     
  20. LPaddicted

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    Thanks, I will try on my '11 R7 :fingersx:
     

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