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Coloring new binding to match the old stuff

Issue 212 March 13, 2014

We've watched Dan Erlewine repair this 1930s Kay over the previous 3 Trade Secrets.
It's time to finish it up. Elliot John-Conry of EJC Guitars ages Dan's patch of new plastic binding so it blends in with the old binding around it.
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About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan Erlewine repaired in order to sell. Now that it's in great shape again, maybe Dan'll keep it!
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  • checkmarkMasking with 3M green painter's tape
  • checkmarkUsing a touch-up marker to create signs of wear and age
  • checkmarkHomemade shellac strainer that works better than store-bought
  • checkmarkMixing stains to get amber and brown shellac
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
White Plastic Binding
65" long to reach around an entire guitar! Variety of dimensions.
ColorTone Shellac
Traditional instrument finish. Ideal for French polishing.
ColorTone Liquid Stains
Authentic guitar colors mix with virtually any finish. Make wood grain come alive!
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Useful in every shop when gluing, finishing, more!
Airbrush Outfit
Complete set for spraying spot lacquer finish retouches and custom graphics.
Micro-Mesh Soft Touch Finishing Pads
Fingertip-size pads for hand polishing high-gloss finishes.
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