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Every once in a while I like to revisit this topic:


Ever hear of a product called nanoseal wood? It has the following properties:


Whether in the form of vapour or liquid, water can cause shrinking and swelling which lead to dimensional changes of wood and degradation of its finish. Moisture causes decay or rot of wood, premature failure of paint and accelerates the weathering of exposed timber.



Nanoseal® Wood allows wood to 'breath' naturally, and extends the life and colour retention of any water absorptive softwood and CCA treated timber.


Nanoseal® Wood is a one component, ultra thin, transparent penetrating Nanotechnology impregnation. The product uses molecular bonding to form a surface that is water repellent, yet still permeable to water vapour.


Nanoseal® Wood protects and preserves the substrate without altering the natural surface texture or colour. The treatment enables wood to resist decay and discolouration by wood-decay fungi that require moisture to survive. The hydrophobic effect also decreases timber swelling and shrinking that lead to cracking and warping.


Water runs off easily from the treated surface or when rinsed with water (easy clean / self-cleaning effect). Moss, algae and fungi formation cannot penetrate the treated surface.


The treatment is resistant to friction, is UV-stable and handle temperature change. Water or normal cleaning agents cannot remove it.


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Nanoseal® Wood can be used for internal and external timbers. New wood must be pre-weathered or sanded, and natural surface oil must be removed.


NOTE: Due to the low water absorption rate, hardwoods may be difficult to treat. Nanoseal® Wood is not suitable for polished or painted surfaces.


Although this will not work on painted guitars, I wonder if this is applicable for archtops with natural finishes?


A Youtube Demonstration:




Also, a quick blurb from the US Forest Service which can be found at: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22115


Over 1.9 × 106 housing units are constructed in the United States in 2004. On a volume basis, wood products comprise almost 80% of all materials used in residential housing. It is estimated that over 7 × 109 m3 of lumber have gone into structures in the United States over the last century. Half of the wood products now used in construction are engineered wood composites. Employing nanotechnology within the forest products industry could result in previously undreamed of growth opportunities for bio-based products. Nanotechnology will result in a unique next generation of wood- based products that have hyper-performance and superior serviceability when used in severe environments. They will have strength properties now only seen with carbon-based composites materials, and they will be both durable while in service and biodegradable after their useable service- life. Other potential benefits will be improved traditional wood- and bio- composite products similar to those now used in construction, but with significantly improved performance or economy. Nanotechnology will also promote the development of intelligent wood- and biocomposite products with an array of nanosensors built in. Building functionality onto lignocellulosic surfaces at the nanoscale could open new opportunities for such things as self-sterilizing surfaces, internal self-repair, and electronic lignocellulosic devices. The high strength of nanofibrillar cellulose together with its potential economic advantages will offer the opportunity to make lighter weight, strong materials with greater durability.


So, in your opinion, will this affect the future for electric guitars, or for that matter, ANY instrument that is composed of wood?


EDIT: I also mention this because of the implications that if the promises of nanotechnology hold to be true, cheaper wood composities that are as strong as as dense as more expensive, traditional woods may become available (if they aren't already...)

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