I tend to use guitars as examples of what Solacure does for aging wood and curing finish because, hey, guitars are cool. :) I will be testing all kinds of wood, usually with a clear finish. Often, these projects are ongoing, so they will get updated over time. There are so many variables, like type of finish, whether you age raw wood, through a sealer, through a single coat or through a finished guitar. I can't test for every finish type with every wood or I would have 300 guitars (which isn't a bad thing....). You should be able to glean enough from these pages to have a good idea what to expect.
I'm NOT a luthier or refinishing expert, so you will see lots of mistakes. Often, things don't come out as planned. It all a learning experience. That's the idea: I make the mistakes so you don't have to, so read, learn, have fun and lets make some beautiful projects.
I am going to age this Epiphone Les Paul by exposing the mahogany back to some UV using our SG-1-40 aging lamps. This will show what aging through a thin finish can accomplish with dark woods.
Here we age a bookmatched mahogany guitar body and finish it. This project went horribly wrong after a lack of experience with finishes turned a beautiful guitar into a crazed mess. That's ok, it will get sanded down and we will start over. Remember, Dennis is a UV expert, not a luthier.
Here we take an existing guitar that has a mix-matched alder body, and even it out. We shoot through the finish, so it takes a little longer.
Aging 100 year old barn pine to make a quazi-replica of Leo Fender's first prototype. I did everything wrong in my first attempt, yet it still looks good, sounds great and is good enough to jam with. Using a Fender "62 pickup and a Squier neck.
Recreating a 1964 Fender Telecaster using the right pickups and aging the swamp ash body down and adding an ultra thin finish. Beautiful results. My second attempt, and I actually use this guitar now.
A down and dirty test of aging 100 year old barn pine (exterior) to get as dark as we can get. Interesting results.
In progress. We age a Fender Highway One Precision with nitrocellulose finish to see how long it takes to get finish checking, to recreate a closet classic look.
In progress. Going to do several tests with this urethane body, coat it with nitro and age down, plus we are are aging a maple/maple neck with nitro over urethane as well.
Let's abuse a $10 garage sale mini guitar and learn nothing from it.
In progress. Very simple and common usage, aging the wood on a maple neck through a thin finish or sealer. You will never use tinted finish again once you see how much better and authentic this looks.
Second go at aging pine, this time a body with many boards. It looks rough, but in a good way.