Re: Japanned Base Cracking
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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ve3akv" <ve3akv@...> wrote:
> I've reading this thread with interest.
> The 1932-33 Lightning I have has this Leatherette or "Crystal" finish on it. I'll post a close up to the photo section.
> I've never seen or heard of an example of the "Japanned" base in a crinkle design. But then again, I'm fairly new with this stuff as I've only recently been "bitten by the bug"... ;)
> I have seen the finish you're showing on that bug in another medium...it is on 1962 Gibson B-25 guitar that I own. Before I received this instrument, it had been frozen and warmed too quickly a couple of times while on tour in the early 70's. More likely, many times. The previous owner had a bit of a "who cares" attitude towards his tools of the trade. The cracking on the guitar looks very much like what I call the "orange peel effect".
> Either way...from all I've managed to gleam across the internet and libraries...the "Japanned" finish seems to have come in two variations from the factory...gloss and semi-gloss type of finishes. But then again, we all know the internet is never wrong! :)
> --- In email@example.com, Donald Kemp <nn8b.oh@> wrote:
> > David,
> > Chapter 2 of W. R. Smith's great book " HOW TO RESTORE TELEGRAPH KEYS"
> > is all about Japanning a key base.
> > The ingredients are 2 parts of boiled linseed oil, 5 parts turpentine,
> > 3 parts asphaltum powder and 3 parts of rosin.
> > How to do it is much too long for this posting, his book is the best
> > source for the info. WR devotes 12 pages to japanning a base.
> > --
> > 73,
> > Don, NN8B
- Hi Don,Yes, WR Smith's book is very excellent about japanning - but he doesn't mention what went into the sauce to make it look like leather - many times it was a chemical process, sometimes a physical process such as dabbing more paint irregularly.73DR
You're correct he does not say anything about that.
I wonder if it would be Tung oil.
That's the stuff for making the crackle finish.