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MARTIN GUITAR KIT

With everything glued together, it’s time for our acoustic kit to go under the spray gun. Huw Price searches for some shade…

DIY WORKSHOP

PART SEVEN

MART IN GUITAR KIT PT 7 workshop

1 Dark grain filler enhances the grain, adds depth of colour to the mahogany and, once sanded, provides a smooth surface

Finishing up our Martin Guitar Kit inevitably means applying the finish, and while the actual spraying part requires more diligence than skill per se, the key to achieving a pro quality finish is preparation – most of the work should already done before you even reach for the spray cans. It quickly becomes apparent that merely sanding the mahogany back will be insufficient to achieve a smooth surface: the grain is extremely open and somewhat ‘furry’ in places.

I wipe the surface with a damp cloth to raise the grain, allow the wood to dry, and then sand.

After a few damping and sanding cycles, the surface feels okay; and the sides get the same treatment.

The neck is carved from much denser mahogany, so straight sanding with 220 grit is all that’s needed. Before applying the grain filler, I tape over the fingerboard and the top binding, and cover the soundboard with greaseproof paper to protect them from becoming stained and to make the cleanup easier. Colron Teak grain filler is mixed with powdered burnt umber pigment and diluted to a doublecream consistency.

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