General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat

General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat

General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat Gloss, 1 quart

Gloss, 1 quart

Item # 1779
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General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat Satin, 1 quart

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General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat

About This Item

The best waterbase finish we've ever used.
A great gloss or satin finish in just one product, with no need for a sealer. Environmentally friendly, nonflammable.

General Finishes High Performance Topcoat is ideal for finishing musical instruments. It goes on without foaming or sagging, dries hard and sands easily.

  • Crystal clear, non-yellowing PolyAcrylic blend
  • Mixes well with ColorTone® liquid stains and waterbase pigments
  • Apply with a foam brush, or spray
  • Soap-and-water cleanup

1-quart can.

One can goes a long way! One quart will finish:
1 acoustic guitar body and neck
2 entire mandolins
2 to 3 solid guitar or bass bodies
3 to 5 electric guitar or bass necks
4 ukuleles
2 to 3 dulcimers
2 to 3 banjo rims and necks

Keep in mind there are many application variables: your spray gun adjustments, PSI used, how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

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Instructions

Product Instructions

Waterbase Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of water based finishing.

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4.0
  • 4.28 average rating from 18 reviews
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5.0

General Finishes Waterbase Topcoat

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Verified Buyer


Interesting stuff. Best to put more than three coats on (as recommended) other than on the front which should have as little as possible. Then buff with compound. Great finish.

4.0

Great Product most of the time

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Verified Buyer


This beats smelly lacquer, dries a little slower, and I have had some mixed results. The weather generally is the biggest issue, make sure it's warm enough when applying. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who is as careless as me, that might not use a respirator the whole time, much less toxic than nitrocellulose.

5.0

GREAT PRODUCT!

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Verified Buyer


10 years ago I produced a two and a half hour DVD set on the first generation of water-based finishes. The finish was OK but was fraught with foaming and drying problems. This new water-based finish really hits it home. I just finished a guitar using foam brushes and with the right technique, it comes out with a deep shine and very hard finish. I use water-based finishes in my instrument building school to provide students with a safely applied finish and easy-to-touch-up classroom experience.

Great Stuff!

4.0

GM

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Verified Buyer


I decided to give this a try after using nitrocellulose lacquer for years.

It works great, buffs to a great shine.

There is a learning curve if you are used to lacquer, cannot apply it as thick it runs easily. On my first attempt I sprayed a thick wet coat as I was used to with lacquer, and had to start over from scratch.

I am happy with the overall result, but it is not as hard as lacquer, it will dent easily so giving it only 4 stars

5.0

So Far So Good

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Verified Buyer


I have been spraying this with the Stewmac $35 gravity gun and am very pleased so far. No drips, no sags, no runs and a beautiful look. The stuff goes on a little milky but dries clear. Add a drop or two of amber to warm it up a bit. I am not an experienced spray finisher but can't say enough about how easy this is. Seems to go on a lot easier than KTM-9 but that might be the new spray gun.

No brain damage yet either...

2.0

Not hard enough by itself for instruments

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I have used this a lot for custom mill work that isn't interacted with on a regular basis. It marks very easily. I have also done extensive controlled testing with nearly the entire line of General Finishes topcoats.
I do also build guitars, and if you need to use a GF product, the hardest and most scratch resistant is the Enduro-var and the Conversion varnish. Endurovar is challenging to spray verticals, but the CV is easier. More prep time with the 2 part CV though. In the end though, they still don't get hard and scratch resistant enough for a guitar.
That being said, I will build coats with one of these 2 products and then final top coats are done with an 2 part auto clear.

3.0

Some issues

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I have read a lot about it and people seem to find this really good. For some reason, my gloss HP is not doing such a goosld job... It marks easily (a finger nail makes a cavity) i don't know if I am doing it wrongol or my product is contaminated or something but I wana hear you guys about how this works out for you!

Response from StewMac


We have a fantastic Tech Department that would be happy to assist you with any questions you have about this product. You can send them an email regarding this by using the "Contact Us" link on the site. Make sure you select "Technical Advice" from the drop down menu.

-Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Huge improvement

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Verified Buyer


This is the best waterbase topcoat I have used. A huge improvement over previous products. Easy to spray and multiple coats are a breeze.

5.0

Good product.

By

Verified Buyer


Just finished a guitar with this but I'm letting it dry several weeks before final leveling and buffing. Will know more then.

3.0

Way too soft

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Verified Buyer


Do test panels first. After 1 week cure it didn't pass the fingernail test. Now after 4 weeks it's no harder. This won't go on one of my guitars. The manufacturer even recommends it for floors!!!! On the positive side it is easy to use, sands well, and buffs to a beautiful clear high gloss. For some folks this might be the perfect finish. If you build guitars for sale with warranty scrutinize this product carefully before staking your reputation on this finish.
Bob Littrell
Cardona Custom Guitars

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