I just came across your site while doing a search for Behlen products. I just received a great Swamp Ash billet, with lots of grain patterns. I am making a Telecaster style body, the one attached is of a Stratocaster I found on Google. I want to colour my build in the same way. As I read the article, here is the colour scheme an procedure. A blood red dye to colour the wood, then use a black (or super dark brown) colour in the grain filler. Question? Is there or should/would thee be a clear sealer i.e. 1 lb. cut shellac was to go on the bare would first? I guess ARDEC is the place to purchase Behlen products, I'm not sure what kind of clear top coat to use, whatever it is, it will have to be a spray can. I guess that about covers it for now. Thank you.
Thank you for the quick reply. When you say a brass brush, you are referring to a brush that would be used for scrubbing the grill of a BBQ? And of course, this would be done with the grain, correct?
Now, this sounds like fun :), thanks again. Guess I will have to get an order away soon.
I just read something about applying a Pre-Stain Clear Wood Stain Base to the wood before brush or wipe application to promote even staining. I am assuming that I don't have to do this step, just go to the Behlen Solar-Lux Stain Blood Red?
One more question. Does the stain come ready to use, or will I have to thin it down? I will be wiping the stain on. Also, I read something about a retarder because the Solar-Lux drys very quickly.
I have never used anything like this before, most of my finishing has been Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac straight from the can, or Minwax stain from Homehardware :). I know StewMac sell Behlen products but they don't ship to Canada, so I was kind of surprised to find you, folks when I did a Google search for Behlen products.
Thank you again.
Thanks again for the quick reply René, much appreciated. I have a couple more questions.
1) will a pint of tint be enough for one body?
2) what ratio of retarder to dye/ stain would be appropriate?
I have read more information on the little brass brush, using it during the restoration of furniture.
I have decided to stay away from reducer, it seems that it is made up from the same chemicals that are already in the dye/stain, so I don't want to breathe any more of that stuff than I can help.
I also read something about using no more than 10% retarder to the amount of dye/stain?? In this case, I understand ratio better than percentage as in 1:3 (retarder: dye/stain).
I am thinking of applying the dye/stain (Behlen sure makes this difficult) with a foam brush and then wiping it down with a cloth, does that make sense? As you have probably guessed this is my first attempt at fine finishing anything :).
Hello Rene Sorry to bother you again but are those instructions in the right order because the video I was watching says after staining with the blood red stain to then put on the sealer and then put on the Timbermate ebony. The solid guitar body I am working on now is made from all new pine and I was wondering if this same procedure work on that? And another question I have is their a phone number I can call for support in English? Thanks again.
Brush the wood with a brass brush to open the pores of the wood
Sand the wood with 100/120/150/220.
Color with Behlen Solar-Lux Stain Blood Red
Fill the grain with a black grain filler, like Timbermate Ebony
Apply 2 to 3 coats of Behlen Vinyl Sealer
Sand with 400 grit sandpaper between each coats
Finish with 3 to 4 coats of Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer