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warming wood before applying finish?

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I've read a few posts that mention in passing that the back, top or sides were warmed before applying a finish. Couple of questions:
-what was used to warm the wood - hair dryer?
-is the warming done only at the sealing stage?
-Any other pertinent facts or things to avoid, other than, say, don't catch anything on fire? :-)

Mar 03, 10 | 6:37 pm
Bill Cory

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Interesting. Somebody answer this ... I'm curious too.

Mar 04, 10 | 11:19 am
Ken Cierp

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Yep --- its something I do, if you have applied stain however, especially Minwax you can expect a real mess -- the heat draws the oil in the stain right to the surface and worse, it then seems like the stain will never dry.

I use a 900 watt halogen tower and an inexpensive 1500 watt forced air unit for warming and drying.

Neither unit is explosion proof so I take care. At one time Martin actually warmed the coatings (lacquer) -- not sure if that is the case today.


Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Mar 04, 10 | 1:11 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Martin does use heated lacquer . I use a heat lamp and keep it about 8 ft away. Works very well . I don't wanna blow up my shop , as Ken mentions , you need to be careful . Lacquer is highly flamable

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair center

Mar 04, 10 | 1:54 pm

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I've read posts where some folks place their sprayer full of laquer in the rival pot they use to warm hide glue prior to spraying. It warms and thins the laquer and then they claim it shoots great.

Mar 05, 10 | 2:31 pm
Ken C

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When I used to spray paint with rattle cans during my model R/C building days, I'd always heat the rattle cans in warm water prior to spraying. It really made a difference. When I am spraying lacquer in somewhat cooler temps, I keep the piece to be sprayed as well as the lacquer in the house and take them out only when ready to spray.


Mar 05, 10 | 4:33 pm

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