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Old 01-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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custom painting a guitar

Hey guys, I'm going to custom paint a guitar It's gonna be cool. The process seems relatively simple, but just tell me if I'm missing something.

>remove screws, keep organized. label so that it can be assembled later
>sand all the old paint off, or remove it with paint stripper
>apply paint primer for wood
>apply layer o paint
>sand a little bit
>apply layer o paint
>sand a little bit
>tape the guitar
>draw pattern
>cut out pattern with exacto knife
>apply layer o paint
>remove tape
>sand a little bit
>apply two or three layers of laquer
>sand?
>put back together
>???
>profit

Will dust get trapped under the paint or anything? I've seen kids paint their guitars and it always feels very rough. Is this because they didn't sand? Is it because of dust?

Anything else I should know?

I'll post pics of the guitar here when it's finished
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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>remove screws, keep organized. label so that it can be assembled later
>sand all the old paint off, or remove it with paint stripper
>apply paint primer for wood
>apply layer o paint
>sand a little bit
>apply layer o paint
>sand a little bit
>tape the guitar
>draw pattern
>cut out pattern with exacto knife
>apply layer o paint
>remove tape
>sand a little bit
>apply two or three layers of laquer
>sand?
>put back together
>???
>profit



First of all, you should really post this on "Gear Building & Customization"

What wood is guitar made of? You might want to grain fill before primer.

Replace sand? with wet sand with 400 grit and higher. Regular sanding will cut through the clear coats (laquer) quite fast and will leave scratches.

I'd suggest buffing if you can after wet sanding
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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profit? Not likely.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
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Hey guys, I'm going to custom paint a guitar It's gonna be cool. The process seems relatively simple, but just tell me if I'm missing something.
Simple process? Painting a guitar and having it come out looking professional takes as much skill and practice as learning to play the damn thing.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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The real question(s) is what kind/type of primer, paint, and finish coat to use. I don't think I'd use KILZ to prime a guitar.....
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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Simple process? Painting a guitar and having it come out looking professional takes as much skill and practice as learning to play the damn thing.

i'd argue learning to play one is easier.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #7
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What wood the guitar is made of and what material you intend to finish it with is very important. Even with the most basic of finish materials and the easiest woods, getting a good, clean finish is hard, time consuming (we're talking months, not days or weeks) and isn't something you'll do on your first try. There's a good reason why professional finishes and refinishes cost as much as they do.

And you missed out sealer.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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If you're painting a Squier or something like that have at it... if you're painting something expensive you may want to buy a couple "practice" bodies first.
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