#1
Hi Im thinking painting a cool design on my pickguard without it scrapping off a year later. This happened to a friend, how do I do it properly?

If I can pull it off it will give me the oppertunity to undergo a successful point and laugh procedure directed at him to his dissapointment.

All advice will be muchly appreciated verily.
#2
Do your painting design as usual, then cover it in clear gloss or some other sealant.
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#3
Spray your PG plastic with a Paint for Plastic Acrylic Lacquer Primer: Rustoleum, Krylon, etc. Spray a Colorcoat Acrylic lacquer on top if the Primer color isn't a suitable background. Use Acrylic Paint Pen to draw your design. Spray Acrylic Lacquer Clearcoat on top.




The Paint for Plastic Primer will form a molecular bond with the PG's plastic. The colorcoat, paint pen, and clearcoat will bond with the Primer, etc.

I have a PG done this way in 2006: no scrapes, scratches, peeling, etc.

#4
I'd have to agree with everyone else,

I painted a guitar with that white paint they use on sports fields for the lines, but I covered it in about 20 million layers of clear coat, and it's just fine.

Just remember:

DO: LOT of LIGHT, EVEN COATS.

DO NOT: SPRAY IT ON HEAVY.

Spraying it on heavy will result in chipping over time, or worse. Take your time.
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#6
I painted one of my Les Paul pickguards a while back, and its in great shape. What I always do when I paint plastic is use a adhesion Promoter, Like Bulldog brand. That makes the paint adhere to the plastic better.
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#7
i just used LOTS AND LOTS OF LACQUER!!! lol really i put on like 10 coats. and not a scratch on it after 2 years.
#8
My friend said he would give me some paint thats left over from him customizing his bass how many layers is like the minimum?
#9
Another method you might think about is "back painting" a clear plex pickguard. Putting the painted design on the back of a clear pickguard protects the artwork from being scratched. No clear needed over the art.