I've trolled through the search on the forum, and many many web pages. I've tried hard not to repeat FAQ's, but I really can't get this straight, so I'm asking the question. Please be patient..
I'm in Australia, left handed and play classical. I want to get a guitar, probably a flamenco negra. The related kit guitar site got me interested in building and pointed me at LMI. The kit looks really good and I've spec'd it all up, after a LOT of reading. I'm a metal worker by trade and do very fine work in that but wood is totally alien to me, and the finishing question has me stumped.
Here is the issue. I don't care how it looks. I want the back of the neck smooth enough to play on and I want the wood moisture contained as I live in a climate like Miami, very humid and hot in summer. I'm planning to seal the inside of the soundbox. I've got an electric with tung oil and don't like it. It stains after a while. I also think french polish is a bit weak. I don't care about gloss finish, nor about a "grainy" finish on the body. Obviously I want to keep it light. Sound is tremendously important to me, decoration matters not at all.
So I'm looking at the water based finishes from LMI and Stewmac. I was thinking of getting the stewmac pore filler and top coat and brushing it. My questions are:
1. Is the pint of each enough for 1 guitar. (I really don't want to think beyond the first project yet)
2. Do I need to buy the intermediate product ?
3. Will the intermediate colour pore filler go ok on both rosewood back/sides and the cedar neck ?
4. Am I missing something/got no clue ?
Any thoughts appreciated. Thank you for reading.