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Message started by Acabooe on Apr 15th, 2008 at 10:54am

Title: I have a question about finish
Post by Acabooe on Apr 15th, 2008 at 10:54am
So, yesterday, my wife and I got to go the the Jake Shimabukuro concert in Dallas Texas.

After the show, I got to meet him, and he signed my Ukulele.

my questionis, what can I do to keep his signature there, so that it doesn't wear off after a while of playing.

I was thinking of something along the lines of a clear coat, or something like that.

Any suggestions?

Bob 8)

Title: Re: I have a question about finish
Post by Don_Orgeman on Apr 19th, 2008 at 3:45am

This could be a problem.  If your uke has a wax or silicone surface treatment any coating you put over it will have a tendency to chip off.  There are companies that do this type of coating but it is expensive.

If this has become a keepsake that reminds you of a great occasion, build a shelf or wall bracket in your new home in Hawaii and display the uke there with pride playing it on special occasions.  Buy a replacement uke for normal playing until you get your Hana Lima uke completed.

If the uke isn't a keepsake, just play it and enjoy.  Fortunately, the signature is not in an area that gets a lot of hand action.

If you are going to try to coat the surface, I would suggest clear coat finish in a spray can from an auto dealer or body shop.  Test on an old varnished surface using a similar pen to what Jake used to make sure the clear coat doesn't cause the ink to run or spread out on the surface before moving to the uke.  Use very thin coats and let each dry well before recoating.


Title: Re: I have a question about finish
Post by Acabooe on Apr 19th, 2008 at 7:44am
Thanks Don,

I asked Jake to put it on the upper bout so that it wouldn't be in an area that my arm touches.

I'll give the practice run a try, then depending on what happens, I will do it on the Ukulele.


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