With my new unfinished swamp ash tele body due to arrive on Monday from +Warmoth Guitar Products
I wanted to try out some different grain filling options. I am going to stain the guitar blue but I want the grain to really pop so I decided to go with a dark grain filler. I'm using ebony colored Timber Mate that is watered down to a nice slurry. I am testing it on a piece of Oak because the stores around me don't carry any decent woods like ash. All you get are the usual suspects like Maple, Pine, and of course, Oak. Since I needed something comparable to the open grain of the Ash I went with the Oak, which is a pretty thirsty woody.
I have watched a lot of videos on YouTube and the consensus is that if you want the grain to pop under your stain you need to first use a dark stain to fill the grain and then sand back and add the color on top. I thought the ebony would be pretty dark but not quite as dark as I wanted so the other half of the board got the Timber Mate slurry with some ColorTone black stain added. I haven't sanded back yet but I can already tell that adding the stain to the Timber Mate is the way to go. I'll be sanding and staining the oak next to see some color results and will add those once I'm done. This is my first time doing a transparent finish and I'm going to take my time and get it right the first time, hopefully. If anyone out there has tackled similar projects, I would be happy to hear your words of wisdom.