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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / New paint job on guitar---how hard?

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Jun 7th, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a lefty which seriously restricts my ability to get the guitars I want. Right now I'm lusting after a lefty Alpine White SG that my mind conjures up.

Without regard to how it might affect resale value, how hard would it be for me to buy a cheap lefty Epi or Gibson SG and paint it white myself? Would it end up looking like a bad Pinewood Derby car or would it actually look authentic? How much would it cost to have a decent guitar guy to do it for me if I went that route?

Just trying to get the facts together. Thanks.


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Jun 7th, 2017 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's the pricing for one pro that I'm familiar with - and he's really good. My experience is that his prices are kind of mid-pack (some higher, some lower).

Stike at Rowyco Kustoms

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Jun 7th, 2017 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's helpful. Sounds like he'd charge around $350.

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Jun 7th, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've done a few DIY projects with good results - so it's possible. My preference is for a 'vintage' style finish, so I may be more forgiving of what some would consider imperfections. The materials and process for such projects are reasonably suited to DIY.

DIY isn't always a bargain as finish materials aren't particularly cheap. Besides the paint involved - primer, color and clear, you'll need lots of different grades of sandpaper and at least a couple of different polishes. By the time you have a couple of do-overs the budget can creep up. IMO, aerosol lacquers are most suitable for home finishers - unless you have a spray rig. The Guitar ReRanch is a good place on the web to learn about DIY finishing/refinishing.

I've also paid for pro work when the results I wanted were more like a modern 'perfect' glasslike poly finish - or I didn't have the time for another long term project.

For your specific guitar, I might be inclined to go with a pro for a couple of reasons. Set neck guitars require more care (and possibly skill) in preparing for the finish coats - more nooks and crannies to deal with. Also, not sure of the existing finish you'd be going over, but if grain filling becomes an issue, that's another area that can be challenging in a DIY project.

If considering DIY, you really need to try and realistically evaluate your own skills and whether you've got an appropriate place to complete the work. Many have gotten great results on their own, but it's an extremely detail oriented process that requires patience.

Note: I'm not sure how a preexisting finish factors into the pricing you see on the Rowyco site.

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Jun 7th, 2017 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Read this -

before starting any guitar finishing/refinishing project!

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Jun 7th, 2017 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the input. If I go ahead with this project, I'd keep the guitar for a good many years, so paying a chunk upfront would be ok.

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Jun 7th, 2017 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are other options,

such as this.

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Jun 7th, 2017 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo, took me a minute to understand that guitar. Looked like a whole lot going on. But that's a good option.

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