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Mask or Scrape?
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moocatdog

Total Topics: 35
Total Posts: 305
I'm getting close to the finishing stage and could use some advice on keeping the fingerboard extension and bridge areas clean of finish. Is it better to mask them off and apply the finish around them, or to apply the finish to the entire top and then strip those areas clean? The books and DVDs make the latter look pretty simple, but I thought I'd check in here to see how others approach this process.
Thanks,
George :-)

Jan 03, 08 | 7:58 am
davidmor

Total Topics: 34
Total Posts: 567
I mask them off keeping the edge of the masking tape about 1/16" inside of the edge. I have done both masking and using stripper and find the masking to be much easier and cleaner. One thing I started doing on my last 3 guitars is to route a tiny ledge around the edge of the bridge that allows the edge of the bridge to 'float' over that last 1/16" of finish. I made a little jig that works with my dremel and a downcut spiral bit that removes about 3/32" around the perimeter the thickness of the final finish. It makes for a very clean edge around the bridge.

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Jan 03, 08 | 8:42 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
George - - I totally concur with David on the masking vs. scraping. Most of us who mask use the same technique of masking inside the line to about 1/16" or so. Also, the only bridge I ever did wth the scraping method started to lift at the lower treble corner about 3 years after completion. Did I glue it improperly, or was there some residue of finish the paint remover and scraping didn't get? Don't know, but I haven't had the same thing happen again with the guitars masked.

As far as the Dremel and removal of some of the bridge thickness, that's a nice step as far as aI wouldn't think that would really be a necessity, since the thickness of the glue under the bridge is going to be about the same thickness as the finish -- if done right, about .007" to .009" -- but David's work is very clean, and this is probably not an extremely important matter either way.

Bill

Jan 04, 08 | 5:13 am
moocatdog

Total Topics: 35
Total Posts: 302
Thanks for the replies. I was all set to mask things off before finishing but some of my resource materials caused me to start second-guessing myself.

Interestingly, I'm finding that time is slowing w-a-y down as I approach the endgame of the build. I'm fighting the instinct to rush, but it's difficult. I'm starting to see the benefit of having multiple builds going simultaneously.

Thanks again,
George :-)

Jan 04, 08 | 6:19 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Well, you're obviously hooked! Right along with the rest of us. :-)

Bill

Jan 04, 08 | 6:33 am
moocatdog

Total Topics: 35
Total Posts: 302
Oh, yes, I am indeed quite hooked--and happy about it!

George :-)

Jan 04, 08 | 9:23 am



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