Hi, I have an 8 string squareneck bought in "kit form" which is bare (ply) wood. I would welcomeyour thoughts on putting a finish onto this, Im not that fussed ref colour, more interested in which typesof base coats, what types of top coats etc. Many thanks, Mike.
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I personally only ever use water based varnish stain on projects (wood) like this. They are all capable of self priming and with a little light sanding between coats you are able to build up very nice finishes. Or you can get some very nice paint effects in a Duco type finish. Or 'broken' finishes where you use different colours of paint showing through each other to make a unique pattern. B&Q always have a good selection but any store that sells paint will have something of interest. Good luck.
The quick easy system would be acrylic car paint ( in spray cans) , very wide choice of colours including clear lacquer. I haven’t used the water based finishes, but they may well be better for the environment as they are solvent free ( they would also be good if you don’t have a place outside to let the paint/lacquer dry as the smell would be minimal) Filler spray cans are available to cover open grained wood , leave as long as possible between coat, the paint is touch dry in minutes, but the paint will often sink into small cracks over the next day or so.
The best finish (particularly for acoustics) is probably nitrocellulose, wood is a cellulose material, so basically your coating the wood with ‘liquid wood’. It does contain solvents however, so not so good for the air. I believe spray cans are available in the UK
Oil finishes are also a possible, they can give a good feel if well applied.