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Dec 2, 2023 - 4:39:36 PM
224 posts since 12/9/2018

I have a Reiter Buckbee that has a neck ding that is probably going to need some spot finish work as part of the repair and hoping someone here might know what kind of stain Bart used. It’s a relatively recent build and a cherry neck. I’ve tried messaging Bart through BHO but haven’t heard anything back. Any help/ info would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 2, 2023 - 9:26:28 PM



2619 posts since 9/16/2007

Dec 2, 2023 - 9:39:33 PM

598 posts since 7/28/2016

I also messaged him months ago and never heard anything back.

Dec 3, 2023 - 1:46:35 PM



8926 posts since 11/28/2003

Try posting in the Bart Reiter banjos group on Facebook. Bart does respond there from time to time. I am not sure if he pays attention to the BHO

Dec 10, 2023 - 11:06:59 AM

224 posts since 12/9/2018

Well, I’ve tried contacting Bart a few different ways with no luck thus far.
Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to what kind of stain Bart used?

Dec 10, 2023 - 3:19:24 PM



5005 posts since 2/20/2016

Matching colored finishes is difficult even if you know what was used originally.
You may have to settle for something that's different but doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

Looking at the Reiter Buckbee in the classifieds, I don't see much to give me a clue, except there is little [if any] red in the brown hue's composition. I do see a little yellow. Min-wax and Fiebings use red in their browns, so don't use either of them. I've had some success with aniline dyes on antique instruments, but I don't think they were used here. Bart's colors look more "modern."

Trans-tint is fairly common among modern shop builders. That's only a guess, though. Some also used "toners" that were commonly sold by lacquer manufacturers until about 15 - 20 years ago. They are getting hard to find. You could look at a "walnut" toner and see if it's anywhere in the neighborhood. Or find an old-time cabinet maker, let him look at the banjo, and see if he recognizes the color.

Get a piece of scrap to use as a test board, then start experimenting. If you think you've found something, you'll still have to cross your fingers and hope you get the same results on the instrument. Start out light. It's easy to get things too dark.

This isn't what you want to hear, but most of the time, there are three choices:  1. Leave it alone.  2. Live with a match that's not a real match.  3.  Refinish the whole neck. Good luck.

Edited by - rcc56 on 12/10/2023 15:34:32

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