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KTM Water-based Finish

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Clear water-based finish, 32 oz./8 oz. sizes.

John Greven initially encouraged us to feature this urethane/acrylic from Grafted Coatings. KTM-9 is a self-cross-linking product and does not require any additives. It has the advantage of fast curing, the ability to be brushed on, is non-toxic, and cleans up easily. Further, it has superior clarity and depth, and once cured and buffed out it is almost indistinguishable from nitrocellulose lacquer. It can be quickly cured using infrared heat lamps if there is a need for speed. A quart will finish from 4 to 6 guitars. Because of its non-toxic nature, KTM can be shipped anywhere by any means with no special cost or labeling. We carry two epoxy pore-fillers that are compatible with this product, ZPoxy and System 3 Epoxy Filler, that work great with KTM9.

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We also carry System Three Epoxy pore filler, that works great with KTM9. Both Mike Doolin and John Greven consider it integral to their finishing process saying that it really brings out the best in the KTM9 finish. 

NOTE: Some builders have noticed sinking around glue joints where Tite-bond™ is used. For this reason it is highly recommended that you use a harder glue, such as our yellow instrument glue (FGX). It is also okay to use hide glue (FGH) or cyanoacrylate glue (FGHO).


SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
FTKTM98 Clear (lacquer-like) waterbase finish, 8 oz. Yes $16.01
FTKTM932 Clear (lacquer-like) waterbase finish, 1 qt. Yes $40.75


For more KTM facts and application instructions
by luthiers John Greven, Keith Rhodes and Mike Doolin, click here.

See Safety Data Sheet

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