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FAQ

What is the difference between the four variants of finish for the Tattoos (w-Seam, d-Seam, l-Seam & b-Seam)?

The Tattoos are custom drawn directly onto the musical instrument; the four variants relate only to the application of the clear coat to seal.

1. w-Seam are completed by masking/sectioning an area off that is sanded, Tattoo drawn and then clear coat applied to that masked area only (often completed onsite). The clearcoat is applied wet, masking is removed from the musical instrument and then it is the user’s responsibility to complete the polishing work once the Tattoo has cured. This allows for Double Bass Tattoo to operate out of the studio whilst still producing a fantastic result.

 

2. d-Seam are completed by masking/sectioning an area off that is sanded, Tattoo drawn and then clear coat applied to that masked area only. The clear coat is then sanded and polished so that the finish matches the rest of the musical instrument. The result is a Tattoo that will have a seam around it. See the two arrows on the image below indicating the seam that goes around the Tattoo. Note that the clear coat finish matches the gloss of the musical instrument.

 

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3. l-Seam are completed by masking/sectioning off an entire side/part of the musical instrument (to an edge) that is sanded, Tattoo drawn and then clear coat applied to the edge of the musical instrument. This process may involve (temporarily) removing some hardware from the musical instrument to ensure all side/part has clear coat applied. The result is a Tattoo that has no seam around it.

 

Seamless

 

4. b-Seam are completed ONLY on a matt finish, by masking/sectioning an area off that is sanded, Tattoo drawn and then clear coat applied to that masked area and blended out. There is no further attention required but drying time. The result is a Tattoo that will NOT have a seam around it as it is blended.

 

Give me the for and against, w-Seam, d-Seam, l-Seam or b-Seam?

w-Seam restricts the Tattoo to a smaller area, hence none of the musical instrument hardware may need to be removed, and these can be completed away from the Double Bass Tattoo studio. The end result will be a Tattoo with a seam around it.

d-Seam restricts the Tattoo to a smaller area, hence none of the musical instrument hardware may need to be removed. The end result will be a Tattoo with a seam around it.

l-Seam Tattoos involve the entire musical instrument side/part, hence Instrument hardware will need to be removed. The end result will be a Tattoo with NO seam around it.

b-Seam restricts the Tattoo to a smaller area, hence none of the musical instrument hardware may need to be removed. The end result will be a Tattoo with NO seam around it only a blended area into the existing matt finish (non visible).

So you have to sand off all the paint/finish first?

NO. The process is to be as least intrusive on the existing finish as possible. The area to be Tattooed is identified (choice made between w-Seam, d-Seam, l-Seam or b-Seam Tattoo), then sanded lightly with the correct grade of paper (also may require special sealer to be applied). This allows for the pencil to stick to the finish (finish is often very hard due to the years of curing). Once the pencil work is completed a coat of polyurethane is sprayed over the pencil to seal, and to return the original finish. The finish could be gloss, satin, we match the original.

How long will the entire process take?

A standard size Tattoo (150mm x 150mm) takes from one to a few hours to complete the pencil work, depending on the detail. Then there is at least a couple of polyurethane coats. These will be touch dry in less than two hours, but need to be left for at least 24 hours if polishing work is required. Polishing will be explained and discussed prior to working on your loved Musical Instrument.

How does your pricing work?

Double Bass Tattoo hourly rate of $180 AUD inclusive of GST to Tattoo with pencil.

NO charge for the preparation time (sanding, etc.) & NO charge for the finishing (polyurethane application and polishing).

Courier rates are passed onto the client for the logistics of the instrument (Melbourne each way $30 Inc), except in the cases that we transport the instrument.

Any transportation of the instrument by DBT is calculated at $0.35 AUD inclusive of GST per kilometre.

20% of quoted Tattoo price [and all transportation costs] must be paid before commencement of work.

Where are you situated?

Double Bass Tattoo Studio is in the coastal city of Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

What if I don’t want to take nor send my Guitar to your studio?

We offer the DBTattooMobile for onsite “w-Seam” or “b-Seam” Tattooing (we arrive with all equipment and materials required), or pickup service returning your loved instrument to our studio for Tattooing.

We take the greatest care with all transportation of equipment and can ensure a memorable Tattoo experience.

How do I take care of the Tattoo when finished?

Critical timeframes to be mindful of are;

  • Tattoo should be dry enough after first two hours to no longer attract dust or contaminates.
  • Avoid touching at all for the first 24 hours
  • Avoid packaging (wrapping, pressing, allow to breathe) Tattoo for 5-7 days after to ensure full cure
  • Guitar is best left on stand in a moderate temperature room for the initial 5-7 days and enjoy the Tattooed splendour

If you have more questions, Contact Us and we’ll answer them very soon.