Finishing roasted maple headstock with decal: best (easy?) method

Buzzgrowl

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Dear all Warmoth DIY-ers,

Happy to join and will be soon receiving a rosewood on roasted maple strat neck for my Jimi inspired partscaster.

I have one question: I will be adding a (non-Fender) decal (water slide) to the headstock so:

- what is the order and process? (e.g. do I finish under the decal and how much?)
- what are the best or easiest finishes?

Any advice is very very welcome - many thanks in advance!

Cheers, - Buzzgrowl
 

Rick

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What I've done is put 3 layers of try oil.  Lay on the decal.  Bury it under 10 layers of try oil.  Done.  Over the years I've come to like the head stocks plain.  If I put a personal marker it'll go on the neck plate or the truss rod cover.
 

stratamania

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Often decal suppliers will provide instructions with their decals. Not all decals are compatible with different finishes.
 

NedRyerson

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My method is similar to Rick2's, except I cut my decals out of vinyl using my little Cricut machine.  A couple of layers of lacquer, then the decal, then bury the sonofagun in a lot more lacquer, sand back a bit, then bury it again, and keep going until it's as smooth as I want it to be.

I imagine a waterslide decal will use far less finish since it's not as thick as the Cricut vinyl.
 
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