Frequently asked questions

Why is a Nitrocellulose finish a good option for me?


Nitro finishes are more forgiving than poly finishes in the sense that you can respray areas that have been damaged. Each coat melts into the last one. Though some preparation is required, our aerosols make it easy for anyone with some access to the space required to finish/refinish their instrument




Where do you ship to?


Anywhere in Canada.




How soon will I receive my order?


Orders received before 10am will ship that day, otherwise they will ship the next business day. All orders ship Standard service due to aerosol restrictions. Once shipped they should reach you in 1-5 business days.




Can I switch tips on my can?


Yes, however, our cans were specifcally sourced for their wider stem size to allow for greater flow while spraying. You'll notice side by side our tips have a larger stem than many others. If you use another tip make sure it has a stem size of 3.5mm. Test on scrap before spraying your instrument




How much coverage can I get from one can?


Each can will deliver 3-4 coats per instrument body depending on how heavy it's applied. For Sealer, Primer and Color applications, one can is usually enough if properly applied. Clear coats can require anywhere from 1-4 cans depending on skill level and desired thickness. Novice finishers are usually encouraged to spray at least 2 cans of clear in order to reduce the chances of sanding through to the color or sealer coats during final sanding/polishing.




Sanding Sealer


Sanding Sealer is a quick way to build a level surface before applying your color coats, especially if a mirror flat finish is your goal. Sanding Selaer is generally applied once the grain has been filled (open grain only). Oxford Supply Sanding Sealer is a high-build formulation. It's basically clear coat with twice the amount of solids in it, plus a component that makes it much easier smoother to sand. Spray up to 3 coats in a day, 30-60 minutes apart. Let dry overnight. Sand with 220-400 grit and remove any/all shiney spots. Using a sponge sanding block will help to keep your surface uniform while leveling. 1 Aerosol can of Sanding Sealer is usually enough for a single body.




White Primer


Our White Primer is a great option when spraying solid colors and metallics. It can be applied once the Sanding Sealer has been level sanded, or on top of otherwise prep'd wood. Any imperfections on the surface area will be shown once the Primer has dried - this gives you a chance to sand the areas again with 220-400 grit and ensure the area is perfectly smooth. Spray up to 3 coats in a day, 30-60 minutes apart. Let dry overnight. 1 Can is often enough for a single body.




Grain Filling


Open grain woods such as Ash and Mohogany are generally grainfilled prior to finishing. While some builders offer finishes where the grain hasn't been filled to acheive a dramatically worn, vintage look, most of the time it is recommended to grain fill. Water based and oil based options are available. One of the most accessible brands is TimberMate - a water based grain filler found at most hardware stores. DIfferent colors of grain fillers are available and can help to showcase the figuring of the wood. If a colored grain filler is used it is a good idea to first apply a coat of clear lacquer or Sanding Sealer as this will help to prevent the pigments from bleeding into the wood. Similarly, once the grain filler has been applied and has had time to dry (at least overnight) it is recommended to follow up with Sanding Sealer.




What is the drying time?


Most finishes will be dry to the touch within 10 minutes, HOWEVER, they are still very soft and delicate for the first 12 hours. Most of the solvents will have evaporated after 72 hours but it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days before sanding and polishing. Many finishers wait 3-4 weeks. The more time the solvents have to evaporate, the harder the finish becomes, which allows for optimal polishing. If you're unsure if a finish is hard enough to sand and polish, find a small area which will be hidden be a control plate or pickguard and press with your thumbnail. If it easily left an indentation the finish needs more time.




Can I brush your lacquers on?


All of our lacquers are intended to be sprayed on.