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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.

Les Paul - Age mahogany through satin finish
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.
Aging mahogany - Stratocaster guitar
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.
Aging alder wood on a guitar
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.
"1949" Barncaster (100 year old pine)
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.
"1964" Telecaster - Swamp Ash
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.
Barncaster - Simple aging and finish project
A down and dirty test of aging 100 year old barn pine (exterior) to get as dark as we can get. Interesting results.
Nitrocellulose aging on a Fender Bass
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.
Daphne Blue - Nitro over urethane to age it with UV
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.
First Act
Let's abuse a $10 garage sale mini guitar and learn nothing from it.
Aging a maple neck
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.

1949 Prototype #2
Second go at aging pine, this time a body with many boards. It looks rough, but in a good way.
Solacure Means Quality

Solacure ultraviolet lamps aren't just good, we guarantee they are the best. We don't use stock parts anywhere in our products. Our glass is a special blend, and more transparent to UVA and UVB. Our 32 watt lamps use 60 watt rated cathodes and are tested at almost 70 watts of power. Almost all our lamps have built in reflectors. All are designed to be overdriven to extra high wattages. We test, and test, and test our lamps.

We stand behind everything we sell and guarantee each will perform exactly to specification, or we will replace them. We don't want your business this week, we want it every week, and we are willing to earn it. There really is a difference in quality when it comes to ultraviolet bulbs, and Solacure tops the list.

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