“Dear Sir, A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top. I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce. The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them. It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career. Many Thanks. ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”
Seagrave lacquer (formerly McFadden lacquer) has been the most widely used lacquer in the best shops in our industry. It is the favorite lacquer of the smallest shops and the largest factories alike, and its reputation is well deserved. It sprays extremely well with standard suction or gravity feed guns, as well as the newer HVLP systems. This lacquer can be sprayed straight or thinned, heated or room temperature. It buffs out easily and beautifully when properly cured – it can be buffed in only three days or so, but the gloss and surface is optimum with 10 to 15 days of curing before buffing.
Seagrave's sealer (FLSW) is designed for use with lacquer for the prep stage of the entire finishing process. It can be used as an initial sealer, then fill pores with one of our pore fillers – FMBF or FPF, then cover the filled surface with another coat or so of the sealer.
NOTE: Seagrave purchased the formulas for the (now defunct) Lawrence McFadden nitrocellulose spray lacquer (FL128 and Fl32). They are producing this lacquer with no change to the formula as they understand that this lacquer has stood the test of time. The price is substantially higher for Seagrave's product, but perhaps this means they can continue to produce this product for years to come. At this point, we are unsure as to how many more of the former McFadden products Seagrave will supply, but it sounds like at least the most popular items will be produced.