Hi Russell , Im an Aussie too , in Charlestown near Newcastle . I mainly repair, but have made 3 acoustics , and various necks and bodies and about 6 lap dogs.I have noticed your comments and you seem to know your stuff , I have been wondering what your main line of work is ?I'm into repairs 6 days a week, I also fix amps .Be nice to hear from you. Len Biglin
Russell , thanks for the intro , I also am an electronics tech. but with my work being mainly tubes and guitars I'm probly a bit out of date!My CRO blew up the other day ! smoked out my shed but at least it was the shitiest piece of gear in there.I'm looking on e-bay now and dont need much for audio work.I spray pre-cat laquer , not sure if it is truly nitro ? from Wattyl or Mirotone .Also I just tried some Timbalac from a local place , the sealer really blushed but the top coat was good and a good colour match too.I may contact you in search of parts or schematics ( my computer freaked out and dumped all my schems. and wont reload the backup ! ) God I hate modern digital crap.Len
Yep, Ok, Wattyl and Mirotone are products I have experience with and neither of them are satisfactory - Wattyl had a pure nitro product (A8) which was a shocker (yellowed and crazed) and Mirtone (cat and pre-cat) tends to being too thick and 'plastic' no matter what - I have used Becker Acroma catalysed lacquer which is a better choice but still not a straight nitro. Durabond paints in Brookvale Sydney (02) 99050811 has been my manufacturer of choice for 6 years now and has been a superb supplier of all things Nitrocellulose - including sanding sealers, various degrees of satin/mat/gloss and custom pigmented nitro colors along with bulk premium thinners/wash thinners etc. Hard to beat Don (the paint chemist) and his team up there and good service and product is worth talking about. I am hooked up with a Amp service and may be able to help out with replacement schematics if you get in a bind. Rusty.
Thankyou very much for your consideration, we were not in the firing line this time thankfully - it is quite an experience to have darkness in the middle of the day and the whole sky turn deep ocher red as has happened here before. But, bushfires down here are natures way of reminding us of her awesome power and beauty - it also reminds us that we don't own this land we are only borrowing it for a little while. Thanks again comrade.