#1
Alright, I have a Gibson Maestro guitar stripped apart and sanded down on my floor at the moment, and I got an idea for a design which involves me pasting a collage of newspaper shreds/clippings onto the guitar and somehow making it smooth enough to where the seems are unnoticeable and it feels like it was painted on, if that makes sense. My idea was to use spray glue and a roller to flatten and attach the newspaper, and then a thick layer of sanded sealant to give it the smooth finished feel. Could anyone confirm this or give me any other ideas?
#2
be careful in your method, and make sure the glue doesn't bubble. post some pics when you're done, i'd be interested to see how it turns out. sounds cool though
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#3
Yeah, I'm hoping the rubber roller takes care of that, and thanks hopefully it works out as I imagine it.
#4
Hmm ive seen a guitar on here that was basically like what you said check the customization pics thread and find the user who posted it name and ask him how he did it. Other than that sounds like a great idea.
#5
Ya, its been done. You best bet though it whatever clear coating you're going to use to seal it and coat it, test it first. Glue some newspaper on a scrap piece of wood and then clear coat. See how the glue interacts with the paper and how the clear interacts with the paper. Some may run the ink on the paper, so its always best to do a test piece first.

EDIT: Heres one I found by searching https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1210585&highlight=newspaper
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#6
search Lolcatar in the forum that'll give you the one ive seen
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#8
Not going to lie, a little disappointed it's been done before xD oh well, still going through with it. I think that thread about the guitar covered in book pages will help a ton. A lot of the methods mentioned are confusing to me, but I'll have my art teacher explain them. and Yeah, I think a test block will definitely be necessary.
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search Lolcatar in the forum that'll give you the one ive seen

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1216060
haha, mine!
i should have put a hell'ova lot more clear on it, but it works fairly well.
EDIT, just noticed my inbox, i figure because you wanted to know, otheres might to.
so ill just write it here.

for the lolcatar, i simply used printed out paper. from a laser printer.
i used pva glue to stick them on. wood glue/craft type stuff.
the guitar was from a kit, so it was bare unprimed/sealed wood, this might have helped the glueing, idk.

then i clear coted, using a oil based clear.


protip: test out your mix of materials, test glue a few pieces down on some wood, and clear cote it. if it works well, go with it, if it doesnt, try other materials.

hope that helped!
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#10
Thanks man! that helps a ton. Last question though, did it come out smooth? Like did it feel like a finished guitar or like a guitar with a bunch of pictures glued on it?
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Thanks man! that helps a ton. Last question though, did it come out smooth? Like did it feel like a finished guitar or like a guitar with a bunch of pictures glued on it?


To get that, try not to overlap any edges (causes bumps) so you have an even layer, hopefully of similar thickness materials. Then you need to bury it all in clear, and then wet sand it and buff it to bring the gloss up.
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To get that, try not to overlap any edges (causes bumps) so you have an even layer, hopefully of similar thickness materials. Then you need to bury it all in clear, and then wet sand it and buff it to bring the gloss up.


Thanks man, that's a big help.