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“Great service! 
I have been impressed with the quality of the items I've received (especially the fretboards). You've been very helpful with some unusual builds (the suggestion to order a bass fretboard slotted from both ends for two short-scale necks was brilliant). I was very surprised at how quickly I received an order of custom-length truss rods. You have a very happy customer."

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KTM - What people say

“KTM is simple and safe to use,
very forgiving in the application process,
has all of the desirable physical and visual properties
of the solvent base finishes, and saves time. . .
Because the flow out is so good, there is very little leveling necessary
and runs are rare, even with heavy application.”  

John Greven

 

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 I've seen to traditional lacquers and varnishes.

Here's what our customer Steve Williams had to say about KTM: I just wanted to tell you how well your KTM-9 finish has worked for me. I had been using your [another] waterbase finish with good results. The only question mark I had about it was that it didn't seem to cure as hard as I hoped or expected. I used it mainly because it's less expensive than KTM-9. I finally tried KTM-9 and the moment I sprayed the first coat, I knew that it was better. As you say, the flow out is excellent and it seemed to build more quickly than your competitor's finish. Although I have no scientific way of testing it, it feels much harder also.

Today I buffed out my first KTM-9 finish on a Koa tenor ukulele and once again, was impressed with the results. It may be a bit more expensive than the other stuff, but the results are well worth it. I'm switching to KTM-9 immediately.

Thank you for a great product!