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Suggestions on finishing my Walnut Electric Violin? Answered

I'm getting very close to the end of my electric violin with a little woodworking left to do, then finishing. Being new to wood working I have very little knowledge on how to finish woods. Its a black (I believe) walnut body with Ebony components. I plan after a few touchups to sand gradually to a very fine grain but don't know what to do afterwards?

Plugged it into an amp the other day and sounded great, and the effects were fun :).


Thanks in advance!


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Best Answer 9 years ago

The best procedure is fairly simple but time consuming.
First, sand the wood as smooth as you can get it, starting with #120 grit sandpaper and progressively working up to #400 grit sandpaper.
Stain the wood, if you're not going to leave a natural wood finish. Seal the wood after staining with a clear, liquid wood sealer and once again sand smooth with the #400 grit sandpaper.
Now start applying the first of many coats of either clear wood varnish or lacquer. Let each coat dry and sand lightly but thoroughly between each coat. I recommend at least 10 coats and perhaps as many as 20 coats of varnish or lacquer (the more coats, the deeper the shine and the more protection it provides).
After the final coat dries, progressively sand with #400 grit to 1000 grit sandpaper.
Once the sanding is complete, buff with a high quality buffing compound and then polish with a high gloss, carnauba furniture wax. Once done, you should be able to see your reflection in the wood.


9 years ago

As it is an electric instrument and less reliant on the sound properties of the body I would use a standard polyurethane wood varnish from the store.