|It’s going to get worse before it gets better…|
I’m not sure that I have the patience to be an expert painter. I’m not sure that I have a gentle enough touch to be an expert painter. In my last post I talked about some of the challenges I’ve been having painting the body of my electric ukulele. I’d had a bit of a nightmare with the undercoat, but things seemed to be looking up. I closed off having applied the red finish and having left the body to hang for 24 hours. Have you been wondering what happened next? Read on…
|Even before the paint had set things weren’t quite going according to
plan. I mentioned the problems that I’d had with strange pin-prick holes
in my last post. I’d resorted to some targeted spraying to try and
remove and had ended up with runs. Having left the body to dry
overnight the finish had vastly improved. There were still runs to deal
with, but the finish was smooth with minimal orange-peel. I brought
the body inside and lay it flat on a cardboard box while I played
aroundwith the electrics. When I came back to it, it had stuck to the
box! I pulled it off and there were marks in the paint! I rubbed them
thinking that it was fluff and made it worse! What on earth was
going on! In disgust, I wrapped the body in a towel and stewed for
a week. Unwrapping it revealed that the towel had marked the surface.
Can you believe that? There was an imprint of the pattern of the
fabric. I don’t really know what went wrong. Perhaps I should
have given it a lot longer to cure before handling it? With all the rain
we’ve had, perhaps humidity had effected it? Perhaps I just used
the wrong type of paint? I set to it with some sandpaper…
I’ve applied the lacquer and it’s hanging up to dry. I’m going to leave it overnight and inspect in the morning. If I’m feeling brave I may simply sand and buff… at least that’s what I’m hoping for. With all the problems I’ve been having with paint, I wouldn’t bank on it!
Looking ahead I still have the neck to lacquer and I realised this week that I forgot to put some inlays into the neck! Oh dear! Wouldn’t it be terrible if I screwed that up! I’ve ordered some mother of pearl fret markers and will have to wait for them to arrive before I tackle that.
Can I keep focused and see this build through? I really don’t know…