INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: refinishig a sitar

 

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j.
refinishig a sitar Nov 21, 2003 05:49 p.m.


I have a crappy old guinea pig sitar that I would like to experiment with - I would like to refinish it and change the color to black - I know this is a huge project for someone who has never done it before, so I was wondering if anyone can give any clear, step by step ideas as to the process I should go through, from sanding off what is on there currently, to getting it to the finishing end.
shawn122
Re:refinishig a sitar Nov 22, 2003 12:49 a.m.


lol......save yourself the trouble. buy another sitar
j.
Re:refinishig a sitar Nov 22, 2003 01:30 p.m.


Actually, I aready have a sitar that I use for playing - this other one, like I said is a "guinea pig" - This is something I really want to try, so if anyone has any good tips, they would be most welcome
kalyan
Re:refinishig a sitar Nov 22, 2003 04:00 p.m.


check out the repair section at www.silverbushmusic. com there is a page called sitar and tanpura gourd repair if you follow that throug to the end there is a rough outline of what painting and refinishing requires. good luck.
Sitarsrule
Re:Taking my ball and going home Dec 07, 2003 06:06 p.m.


I find it sad that someone who feels that they've arrived has made someone feel this way, We are all at verious levels. I laugh at those purists who say you can only play the Sitar a curtain way, hold it a curtain way. mend a certain way. I'm glad to have people who love the sitar, I'm not hunting for a place in C.D land, I just love the sitar, stay here if you love it too....Peace
Sitarsrule
Re:refinishig a sitar Nov 26, 2003 10:17 p.m.



j. (Nov 21, 2003 05:49 p.m.):
I have a crappy old guinea pig sitar that I would like to experiment with - I would like to refinish it and change the color to black - I know this is a huge project for someone who has never done it before, so I was wondering if anyone can give any clear, step by step ideas as to the process I should go through, from sanding off what is on there currently, to getting it to the finishing end.
I've refinished afew of them, 1st thing you want to do
is find some stripper, this allows you to take off the old finish with out removing too much wood. You brush it on with a paint brush, after it bubbles up then wipe it of with rags. then sand off the remainning finnish. find some stain color of choice apply with rags, then rub off remainning let dry for at least 24 hrs. then rub abit more to remove any left, if not the new finnish
will not stick. Then find a nice clear polyurathane brush one. if done right
you can do it in one coat. If the first coat
doesn't cover, you can apply a very light coat once more. Now the gourd. If the gourd hasn't any bondo on it, then your lucky, If its intact I wouldn't Touch it. If not, then take a small corner of it scratch a bit of the finnish off with an exacto knife to see if it is gourd, or a strange bondo underneth. A very good sanding, a very light coat of paint will do. I used a very light coat of Acrylic Enamel on a gourd That I had to piece back together (about 100 pieces) It sounded fine. I used it on a Another Sitar I did. It is a very loud Sitar. I hope that this helps..............Peace
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