I experimented with it for the first time today.. not easy at all... I went through a couple of small batches of resin.. the last picture was my final attempt. I'll sand it tomorrow and see how it looks, but it appears too dark
i could use some tips too
Man that looks really good to me. Bet after sanding it'll be just right.
Thanks dude let's hope it looks better after some sanding. The first time I mixed instant coffee with acetone but I couldn't get the particles to dissolve all the way. First pic. Then I tired brewed coffee and I boiled it down into a thick syrup.. second pic. and a few drops of that went a long way.
Actually. that's not bad. Standard or freeze dried instant coffee? I forget which I used, it's been a while.I have to hand it to you, having the patience to reduce coffee to that degree. I have trouble holding on long enough to reduce beef stock or glace'.
I got it to dissolve, back when, it was okay. In any event, unless you're dealing with a straight stock out-of-the-can opaque pigment in the lamination, the best color match you're going to get is 'close'. Perfect isn't going to happen, especially for the sun-tan stuff like this that varies as the board curves. Airbrushed? Forget about it.
With an odd color, strange tint or airbrush, I'll go to some extremes to preserve the original glass, bring it back to the top, fill behind it and glass ( clear) over it. With those, you may see a little filler in any cracks in the original glass but it mostly looks original and it looks like you tried. Best you're gonna get. And why I cringe when I hear somebody going on about taking a saw or router to a repair project.
With this, the color depth changes as it hardens, you necessarily have some darker as the new overlaps the old, the resin you use may behave a smidge differently than what they used building the thing, lots of considerations and complications. Really, you have nothing to be unhappy about..
Hey doc- I know my way around the kitchen so I’m familiar with reductions, took about 10 minutes from an already concentrated espresso... but nothing like a nice 3 hour stock.
To be completely honest, to me this is the most frustrating part of working on boards and I wanted to rip my hair out a few times yesterday. But even before reading your last comment, man I got it, all those variables you mentioned...I knew it would be nearly impossible to get it perfect, but it does appear nicer after sanding. One mistake I think I made is I cut the glass to fit exactly over the white area when should have overlapped it a little so the white didn’t resurface after feathering.
kinda off topic but I was also looking into BoardLams and getting some printed rice paper for the rails.
I'll change that after sanding from 'good job' to 'excellent job' Two cliches- "Perfection is the mortal enemy of 'good enough' and 'You can polish and polish but you can't get a shine on...." though the Mythbusters guys actually did manage to polish guano one time.
Yeah, I might have lapped the glass further, but that would be for strength rather than color, tying in with the original lamination. But again, that's a real good job, if you wanted to go over it now with clear glass, that'd be close enough to perfect. Screwy, right?, using a lamination to do color.
Using a tint, as this is, you want to go for a uniform thickness to get uniform color and you can't really do that easily with anything but a lamination, squeegee it a bit or brush the resin in with a stiff brush ( I have in the past cut down chip brushes to about 3/4" with scissors) so you have something uniform thickness. I've tried brushing on tinted resin again and again, sanding between coats - naah. Blotchy. Looked like it had a skin disease.
But for the moment- you got me thinking. Looking for my copy of The Saucier's Apprentice
Didn't even think of going over it with clear glass, you are full of useful information man.. and funny as well. I don't remember ever seeing the episode where the Mythbusters polished guano, that's just hilarious, it's the most Mythbusters thing ever. You got me thinking too. I own several culinary books but I don't have a copy of The Saucier's Apprentice. Just dropped a copy in my amazon shopping cart.
(chuckling) - Yeah, well, you screw up enough over time, you pick up a few tricks. And you can see the humor in it or weep. I went for option A, plus people remember things better if you give it to them in a way they enjoy.
And yeah, they did indeed polish it. Really did it right too, good science, measured the albedo (reflectivity = 'shine') and everything. (looking it up) from Episode #19 in the 2008 season . There's a series I'd like to see go streaming at a reasonable price. Endless fun.
Oh, you'll like that book. They go through the 'mother' sauces and then the variations on those, cool stuff. When I started working in a kitchen it was reccommended and I'll take any reasonable excuse to buy a book. You'll find yours gets as spotted and stained as any of your other favorites. Sauce Mousseline- how weird is that?
Seeing the humor in tragedies I think is good way to go.
I think you mentioned being retired, but you were you a chef by trade? I enjoy cooking but I never became a chef, just took some culinary classes in FIU, actually my girlfriend at the time took them and I snuck in with her. Free education!
Mousseline sounds weird.. yes, but I’m sure it’s yummy.. Hollandaise plus folded whipped cream.. I think it’s the only sauce that if you search in google will bring up recipes and fascist dictators.
Saw a new Balsa blank become an old Hobie surfboard once. Coffee Stain. Whether you are doing repairs, painting or scarfing in wood; you always want to hide the line by blending beyond the line. Good advice from Doc as usual. Lowel