Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
this is one of those projects that you really, REALLY need to
practice, practice, practice and PRACTICE some more to know
for yourself and be comfortable with your projects.
I would say that 99% of the people nowadays use a Sharpie pen.
and, the Sharpie will bleed into raw wood grain.
so if you are taking a raw wood item to be signed, you must take
into consideration of all the greasy, dirty fingers that may be touching
it - which will RUIN any kind of finish you put on after that.
my personal opinion is to take the FINISHED guitar body with you.
[in a case] and take a box or two of Sharpie permanent markers
with you and hand a pen to the person that you want to sign your project.
don't let them use their own pen.
there is no need to clear coat signatures unless you expect that instrument
to see lots of service, like BB King or somebody.
if you take a raw body - or one that you intend to clear coat later
after it is signed, your next post on this forum will be you
Crying the Blues because your clear coat has fish eyes in it from contamination.
again - practice on similar materials so you will be comfortable with
everything that is used on your project.
if it is going to be "wall-hanger" display item, all you will need is a light
coat of silicone free furniture wax every couple of years.
this is purely my "suggestion" - not anyway intended to be set in stone advice.
best of luck and have a blast on your cruise !!
-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 05-17-2019 at 08:29 AM.