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Construction - Staining 2
Stain

Preliminary layers of stain are laid down by hand: 3-5 passes or however many it takes to build up the color.

A combination of hand-rubbing and perhaps an airbrush for touch up help obtain the desired result.

 

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I use one piece of muslin to apply the lighter shade, another for the darker shade.  With a generous amount of stain laid down and the pieces of muslin being nearly dry, it’s relatively easy to push the stain around and create a nice blend between the contrasting colors.

It’s a creative, intuitive process, one of the most gratifying aspects of building.  Producing a vintage, soulful look adds a good deal of character to the instrument.  Each result is truly unique.

In my experience, one can never spend too much time staining.  The more time invested the better the result.  Even if you have to wipe off or sand away some of the first attempt, the final character is all the more enhanced.

 

Stain

Stain

 

Regardless of how good the attempt at masking, much work remains after removing the tape.  Small scrapers and an Exacto knife are my basic tools.  The Exacto blade shown is filed square to act as a tiny scraper.