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Old 03-08-2014, 03:15 PM   #1
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Question Painting a classic

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I'm painting my classical guitar after I've made some body work to it.
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The sides of the guitar and the fretboard have black 5mm wide plastic edge which is, I presume there as an extra support. I've sanded the guitar with 500 grit sandpaper, painted it with clear primer in four coats, sanding each one with 500 grit in between. Weeks of ****ing work. Did the same with the plastic.

Now I'm going to paint the black disgusting edge brown so it will go together with the guitar theme. I've bought chocolate brown enamel paint for the job. Now I'm asking you before I **** it up, if the paint will stick to the plastic edges.
Keep in mind, the edges have a roughly half a millimeter of primer over it, sanded.
The last coat of primer was sanded with 800 grit for supa smooth staff!
I am hoping for an answer from someone who has had experience with similar tasks. Thanks in advance bros, I'll check back regularly.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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Don't use Enamel paint, it dries very soft. I prefer Acrylic Lacquer (auto-paint) because it dries very hard and pretty quick. It also wears over time like Nitro paint.

But Polyester paint will work fine also, that is what most guitar companies use

Nitro based paint is what Gibson uses and it not very easy to work with if it is your 1st time
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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Also a tip:
1. Shake the paint well
2. put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.
3. take off the stove and put a can of paint in the hot water for ~2 min (wipe the can off good with a towel). This will make the paint spray a lot smoother without spitting as much.
4. spray the guitar using thin even coats
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:48 PM   #4
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Use Paint for Plastic to ensure permanent bond with the binding. Otherwise, other paint types will just peel. Lowes, Home Depot, and other big box DIY stores carry rhem.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:22 AM   #5
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another thing ive heard from random youtube videos, enamel "seals" the guitar, not letting it breath, and thus snuffing the sound to some extent. idk if this was there ear hearing it different, or what, but honestly, it is something id research a little.

I would think pictures are in order before you paint, because if it's a binding, maybe i would keep it, and make it look classy or something. Just a thought.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for replies dudes

No pics, I bought both acrylic and enamel brown paint now and I am going to test it out on some plastic or wood covered with the primer. I figured since I can't figure out if my primer is acrylic or oil based I'd just test it out and get it right...

I'm painting a guitar for fu*kssake, not a god damn door
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