What is the new plasticizer-free nitro?
This new nitrocellulose is a recreation of the nitrocellulose used by Fender and Gibson throughout the 60s. It modifies the formulation by eliminating plasticizers to increase its rigidity and obtain a varnish that will easily give a more natural and vintage look..
The main advantage compared to the different nitrocellulose varnishes is the speed of evaporation and melting between coats, allowing a more noticeable gloss effect and a greater vibration of the wood..
-Before starting the process, the surface must be properly prepared. For this purpose, the pore must have been closed beforehand.
-We start by varnishing the sides first and then continue with the front and back faces.
–Movements should be linear, first horizontal and then vertical, and the surface should not be overloaded.
-The distance at which the product should be applied is about 25 cm.
-To achieve the best results, the temperature at the application site should be between15 y 25 degrees.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many spray cans do I need to varnish my guitar?
This will depend on the thickness of the coats and the skill using the spray. If it is your first project I recommend using 2 spray cans for an optimal finish. If you are more experienced one may be enough.
Where should I carry out the process?
A clean site will be essential to prevent dirt or dust particles from adhering to the surface.
Is sanding between coats mandatory?
You should not always do this, but it is advisable to remove any bumps left in the paint and any particles that may have adhered after each coat.
Can this paint crack due to temperature fluctuations?
Being a nitro with less elasticity and faster aging, as time goes by some fine breaks will begin to appear, although they will be much less pronounced than those of the nitro relic.
Can I easily achieve a cracked effect with this varnish?
If you put the guitar in the cold and cover the surface with our water-based dye, the lines will be easily marked, even though they are fine. This is the process we have followed in the tutorial attached here.
Solle Frøkiær –
Capital Region, Denmark
Michel van Es –
North Holland, Netherlands