My first post for a while, and predictably I have a problem!
I've just bound a Strat body with StewMac white plastic binding. The body was to be red, so I masked off the binding with vinyl masking tape, applied three coats of stain, and then assumed that I could just remove the tape and scrape off the binding on the top and bottom face of the guitar. Not so.
The water-based stain appears to have bled into the binding, and being red looks like hundreds of veins or capillaries. I'm pretty certain there were no cracks on the binding before I glued it on, but it looks just like the stain has crept down hairline fractures. Running my finger over them it even feels like there are tiny cracks.
I'd love to think I can just scrape it back and that'll be that, but the "veins" look to be more than just surface staining, and the "oh well, rebind the thing" feeling is starting to overwhelm me, which is pretty demoralising having spent many hours binding/scraping/sanding/staining.
Is this what to expect when applying stain after binding, and is just surface residue which I can scrape back, or does it sound like I have an issue here?
Your opinions are welcomed.