#1
I'm lookin at getting a kitset les paul with a spalted maple top. was thinkin about how i'd paint it and i was considering a swirl paintjob ala http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/swirled.htm

Question time, would it work if i was to use different shades of stain instead of paint? It should if i use oil based right?

The idea seems cool to me, but i can't quite picture it tbh. Has anyone ever tried this? More importantly, is this gonna look rubbish?
#2
Icant answer any of your uestions except the last one. DO IT, personally i think a multicoloured swirl les paul would look amazing.
#3
I suspect you would need an oil based stain, judging by the fact that you need oil based paints to swirl...
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#4
Wait... What's the point of getting the spalted maple if you're just going to paint over it? And like nutter said, it would probably need to be an oil based stain.


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#6
My guess is that you will need to use drastically different colour stains, else it will just end up looking like a sloppy stain job.
#7
^ True there. I wouldn't do more than three colors either. Like a light natural, cherry/mahogany, and maybe blue/red/green whatever other color stain you may like. If it works out it will look cool as hell.
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#9
my major concern is the swirl of the different coloured stains and the grain of the timber conflicting.

but hey, if it does all hit the fan then i can always sand it back.

i guess i'll just keep thinking it thru and have a look at the funds...