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Rick Knight
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May 15th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you have guitar painting experience, how did your first attempt go? I have never painted much of anything except an occasional wall. There are instruction videos on Youtube, but things sometimes appear easier when done by someone who knows what he is doing.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 12:03 PM, May 15th, 2017)

RicOkc

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May 15th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great place for tips and processes on finishing are on reranch.

Te 52

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May 15th, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

reranch is very good. Here's another source of you really want to get deep into...

...it.

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May 15th, 2017 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Prep is 95% of a great finish.

Work very very cleanly (no dust/fuzz).

Multiple light color and clear coats are way better than fewer heavy coats.

Do not rush. There are absolutely no shortcuts. This stuff takes time.

Coral Head

Sunshine State

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May 16th, 2017 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Buy one already painted. I wasted a ton of time and money on two different bodies and wound up throwing them away. There is no substitute for professional equipment and know how.

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May 16th, 2017 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 Everything Peegoo said.

I'm far from expert, but I've refinished 2 strats and finished 1 from scratch and they came up great. All done with rattle cans, btw.

Yes, there were minor imperfections, but really nothing that anyone would necessarily notice unless pointed out.

And yes, it can be a lot of work, but the satisfaction you get from doing it is worth it.

"I wasted a ton of time and money on two different bodies and wound up throwing them away."

There's always a way back if you stuff it up. You may end up with one solid colour instead of that "beautiful 3-tone sunburst" you had in your mind, but I would never chuck out a body over a botched finish attempt. (I've had to do some "do-overs")

My advice is just go for it. Research, practice on some scraps and go. You really have nothing to lose. 90% of what I know about it, I learnt here. The rest by taking the risk and doing it.


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May 17th, 2017 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've done a couple of guitars - the best one was a refin on a late 60's Silvertone that had a brown burst finish. I took pictures of the guitar before getting started and then slowly removed the finish. Stew Mac's guitar finish book (that Te 52 mentioned) was invaluable. Mick is right - be willing to know that there will be imperfections and that you can work out most any error in finishing. Lastly what Peegoo said - "TAKE YOUR TIME and KEEP IT AS DUST FREE AS POSSIBLE and TAKE YOUR TIME and KEEP IT AS DUST FREE AS POSSIBlE"
It will be an adventure that will be as rewarding as it may be frustrating - but in the end it will be something that you can say "I did this".

Mick Reid
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May 17th, 2017 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...but in the end it will be something that you can say "I did this"."

+1

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