A luthier (mainly a guitar maker) told me about a new water based
laquer replacement - that is a brush on - which rivals laquer - levels
really well, builds fast, dries fairly fast and is tough. It's call
Not inexpensive - #38.75 a quart. But if you don't have a spray
gun - compressed or HVLP - this stuff is said to give you the
same quality finish - off a brush.
Scroll down to the KMT-9 mini-article then click the link for more
info and details.
Anyone used KNT-9? Feedback?
Interesting stuff, charlieb.
I noticed one line, when I RTFA, and that was this one:
"Luthier Mike Doolin says about KTM: It dries really hard and really
clear, can accept water or alcohol-based dyes for tinting and colors,
and rubs out to a high gloss. It builds, self-levels and >>>>burns
into itself well<<<<<. It has very low shrinkage after curing and
leveling, and is very resistant to sweat. The resulting finish is the
closest Ive seen to traditional lacquers and varnishes."
Burns into itself well... that's cool. Because that is why I like
regular lacquer as much as I do. Great inter-layer-stickability.
I have been playing with Acrylic WB finishes from MinWax and Benjamin
Moore and have been very pleasantly surprised. I no longer have a
proper paint-booth (nor do I want one again... because I love spraying
finishes and creating near-perfect finishes, but that is not the track
I am on anymore.) but I still need a finishing method sometimes.
The upside of better WB finishes vs lacquer, is more solids by volume.
More bang for the buck.
I will see if I can find some of that KTM stuff up here in
(About that paint-booth...I can see the guys at Luminore changing my
mind soon... that stuff is just nuts) http://www.luminore.com /
I've used it on four or five of the guitars and basses I've built. Mostly
on bodies, since I use a satin wipe-on polyurethane (Minwax, actually) on
the necks these days. Nice to work with, takes a polish well, and really
hard and durable as others have said. The first instrument I used it on was
my 12-string guitar, where it has held up really well for 2-1/2 years so
far, no sign of wear yet. I used on the body and neck in that case. See my
post on RBPW for pictures of three of the instruments. These days it's what
I use for high-gloss finishes unless the customer specifically asks for
--Steve in Roseville
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