Hello, people!! Here comes another post, this time for those who want to know more about translucent paintings.
Besides our texts here comes a guide video that will help you to follow each step of our work. The instrument here is a Washburn XB126 bass. [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtrefgWAX6M]
First step: Taking off the original sealing
To make a translucent painting, you can paint directly the wood or the varnish with the color you want. In this case, we decided to paint the wood to show the wood grain. We used a pneumatic orbital sander to take off all the sealing and let the raw wood (sander 220-320). Follow the process on the video (00:08s). Note that there are some lighter spots when we are sanding the wood in some places where there’s no more sealing and the wood is already raw.
Second Step: Levelling the instrument
In many occasions, the Luthiers and the factories let pass some imperfections (and it’s normal) and it can damage our work (it has already happened some times). Then we try to improve the instrument, so we won’t “pay” for someone else’s mistake. We want to deliver the instrument with a superior finish, cause our costumer deserves the best.
We used a very large pneumatic (sander), with almost the same size as the instrument to level as most as possible. We can check using a ruler on the square. See on the video at (00:20)s.
Third step: Dyeing
Now we use the air to take out all the dust on the instrument’s pores. See at (00:47s) the magnifying glass showing the pores very clean. We used the old nitro paint (OK) we had. We thinned the ink (with thinner) and applied with the brush, with a (rag with stain) to thin and equalize the pigments. See at (01:30)s.
Fourth step: Varnish
See at (02:08)s. After that we applied some layers of PU varnish to seal the pores. We are going to explain that in another post, calm down!
Daí pra frente foram dadas algumas camadas de verniz PU para selar os poros. O processo do verniz explicaremos em outros posts ok? Vamos com calma!
The result whas that:
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