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Old 03-16-2010, 04:33 PM
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Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


Can anyone tell me which brand of Polyurethane Clear (spray can) is best to use for top coats?

Many Thanks

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Old 03-16-2010, 06:15 PM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


Will you be doing more than one guitar? If so, i strongly suggest a compressor/spray gun rig. I purchased an adequate setup for $140 at the hardware store. With this you get a 2 part poly from an auto paint supplier and do it right. Every poly in a can i have used has had an amber hue. Unless all you do is black, this is unacceptable.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:29 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


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Will you be doing more than one guitar? If so, i strongly suggest a compressor/spray gun rig. I purchased an adequate setup for $140 at the hardware store. With this you get a 2 part poly from an auto paint supplier and do it right. Every poly in a can i have used has had an amber hue. Unless all you do is black, this is unacceptable.
Cheers for the info. I've only got to do a headstock and I dont really intend to do any more but saying that, I already have a compressor and could buy a spray gun. I do want a decent job but was hoping there would be a "rattle" can alternative out there.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:09 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


I had good luck with the varathane water based poly spray. It's got no amber hue and dries very quickly. I got it in canada under a name I can't remember. I'll find it for you.
http://www.rustoleum.ca/CBGProduct.asp?pid=165

Ya, that's the stuff. It worked great on my projects as a very clear, without any yellowing, and pretty durable poly finish. The stuff in the can wipes on pretty well too as long as you do thin coats. I also like that it dries quickly and can be re-coated fairly quickly as well. Good luck. There is this other stuff called ktm-9 that people are raving about over at LMII. It's a water based laquer that people are saying is as good as the resin/oil based stuff.
http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/thirdpro...r+based+Finish
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:50 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


Cheers Andrew - will give them a look
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:54 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


minwax polyurethane spray . works a charm and is not that expensive and comes in spray can.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:55 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


oh yeah and its at home depot.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:39 PM
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Cheers Andrew, I had read about minwax but I cant find anywhere in the UK that sells the stuff :-(
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:58 AM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


If you can find it the Minwax Wipe On Poly (comes in gloss or Satin) works like a charm - it's quick, goes on like wiping with a wet cloth ('cuz that's all you have to do), dries in 2-3 hours between coats, and you only need to rub with steel wool between coats. I find it much easier to get a baby butt smooth finish with it than with the sprays. I buy mine at Lowe's - which I realize might not be in the UK.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:00 PM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


Go to www.alsacorp.com and look under killer cans. They have a great 2 part clear that comes in a spray can. I believe it is called Speed Clear. The cans that these guys produce are not like normal spray cans. They are designed to hold more product and have double the pressure of a normal can so you get virtually the same results you would get with a compressor and sprayer. I have used it before on a guitar and it worked beautifully and no amber hue to this clearcoat... It's really clear.

P.S. This company is working with Steve Vai on a new finish for one of his guitars. You can read about that on the site as well. Good Luck!
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:54 PM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


Thanks for the info, but its the same old story, I cant seem to find anywhere that sells Killer Cans in the UK :-(

I was thinking of giving HB Body Auto Clear 496 2K Aerosol a try, has anyone used this product?

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Old 04-25-2010, 05:02 PM
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Re: Best Polyurethane Clear spray?


I tried both a 1K Clear and the HB Body Auto Clear 496 2K Aerosols. The verdict isnt good for either!

Long story short, dgbaker33 suggestion of a 2 part automotive clear is the only way to go and although its an initial expensive outlay, you will be thankful for it in the end - you just dont get the right results otherwise.

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions

Ray
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