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Apr 16, 2018 - 9:34:49 AM
390 posts since 10/17/2006

it seems that I always have a few issues when binding resonators. I either don't get enough adhesive or too much, and sometimes have problems getting the tape to stick. Any recommendations on tape, adhesive and application. It seems I always have some type of mess.

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:14:49 PM

2565 posts since 9/18/2010

It makes a mess. That's just the way it is.
For celluloid bindings, I use Duco Cement diluted with a little acetone. For wood bindings I use Titebond. For tape, I use Stewmac's rather expensive binding tape. I don't like paying that much for something I'm going to use and throw away, but I haven't found a better tape for attaching bindings, especially when binding a guitar or mandolin because the tape peels off of spruce with less damage (fewer spruce fibers puled) than any other tape I've used.
When I have to use ABS plastic bindings for some reason, I use Weld-on Cement.
On rare occasions I use superglue for bindings, but mostly when I'm in a hurry to get an instrument done. CA doesn't swell celluloid bindings as much as Duco or other solvent type cement, so they don't shrink as much and I don't have to wait a week for the bindings to shrink before finishing.
I think that just about covers my binding procedures.

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:29:58 PM

390 posts since 10/17/2006

Thanks for the reply.

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:46:30 PM

VPS

USA

154 posts since 3/29/2004

I'm going to bind a resonator with ABS coming up myself, and I've never done it(I've bound several complex guitars). How does the Weld-On clean up? Do you generally mask as much as you can to control squeeze out?

I'm concerned about sanding or scraping through the veneer.

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:29:16 PM
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rudy

USA

12747 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by banjosam

it seems that I always have a few issues when binding resonators. I either don't get enough adhesive or too much, and sometimes have problems getting the tape to stick. Any recommendations on tape, adhesive and application. It seems I always have some type of mess.


I could parrot all the standard recommendations for binding installation, but may I suggest wood for bindings?  Real wood looks gorgeous on instruments; it's a natural pairing.  Plastic was initially used to seal off end grain against humidity problems once the edges got nicked up, but modern finishes resist moisture just fine.

Maybe not for your present project, but think about it for future projects.

My first wood-bound guitar (large body Lowden custom) was so beautiful with its flame maple bindings against the walnut body I knew that nothing I would build after seeing that would have synthetic binding.

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:31:03 PM

14506 posts since 2/7/2003

For years I have used superglue gel for all bindings except wood, its much less messy because it stays where you put it and sticks all the various plastics.

Titebond original of course for wood

Scott

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:58:09 AM
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Helix

USA

11310 posts since 8/30/2006
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I clean every surface first with lighter fluid , naphtha.

I took to sanding the inside of any binding whether wood or plastic,

Temperature seemed to be a critical factor, maybe the shop was too cold.

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