What do you use to finish a guitar?

There are many different types of finishes for guitars and musical instruments in general, but we could say the most used are:

  1. Oils and Waxes.
  2. Shellac.
  3. Nitrocellulose.
  4. Polyurethane / Polyester.

Does guitar finish effect tone?

In a guitar, the wood and finish are coupled and since there’s a lot more wood than finish, the wood has greater effect on tone than paint.

Can you use polyurethane on a guitar?

Polyurethane and polyester guitar finishes are considered the industry standard; the modern norm if you will. In mass guitar production, poly finishes largely replaced nitrocellulose lacquers from the late ’60s onwards.

Can you paint a guitar with a brush?

However, painting your guitar isn’t as easy as just taking a brush with paint to the body of the guitar. Before you start painting your guitar, you’ll need to take it apart and remove the old paint. From there, you can apply a coat of sealer, base color, and finally a clear gloss coat that will make the finish shiny.

Does color matter on guitar?

Color never matter anything. What is matters is price. So if you compare expensive and chip guitar you can find difference.

Is it OK to paint a guitar?

Never paint an acoustic guitar, electrics ok, except any high end guitar. Say goodbye to the value of your guitar the moment the brush touches the surface. Yes! It will destroy the resonance.

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