#1
someone maybe asked this before idk, i want the fretboard to be orange and i have a can of orange spray paint, what's the proper way to do this


dammit i forgot to mention, my guitar neck is completely scalloped, so i woudnt worry about the paint wearing off so much
Last edited by thegear at Apr 19, 2011,
#3
Quote by Explorerbuilder
there isnt really... fretbaords are not meant to be painted.
If there was a right way to do it, you'd have to remove the frets, sand down, paint, refret.



this.


really its not worth the trouble


you could try taping over the frets and painting in between but it would look like crap.
#4
not to mention you'd have to apply a damned coating over the paint so you don't wear through it so fast...and even then, you prolly would...I say take the spraypaint, and go spray martha stewart in the face. or hell, even obama....wait a second...holy shit! If you spray him...he'd look like an oompa loompa...and that's where his immigration policy comes in.... ****... Our country's run by a damned oompa loompa...
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#6
This thread is amusing. Summary: sure you could do it but it would take a lot of effort, probably feel and look like crap. I wouldnt recommend doing this to anything but a low end guitar.
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#7
Quote by Necrolysis
not to mention you'd have to apply a damned coating over the paint so you don't wear through it so fast...and even then, you prolly would...I say take the spraypaint, and go spray martha stewart in the face. or hell, even obama....wait a second...holy shit! If you spray him...he'd look like an oompa loompa...and that's where his immigration policy comes in.... ****... Our country's run by a damned oompa loompa...

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#8
I painted my neck including the fretboard..This neck original came with a black coating on it,probably paint, so oils were never applied to it making it perfect to paint. I originally painted it with the frets on.It was okay but I'am a perfectionist.So the frets were removed,It needed a fret job anyways,and repainted.If your fretboard is rosewood or ebony then there is oil in the wood.Paint won't stick to it that well.If it's maple then you can do it.Sand ,prime and paint.This guitar is more of a novelity so it wont be played that much meaning you need a few coat of clear to protect the colour coat. If your using automotive paints be prepared to repaint in a year or sooner.If your using nitro then it will last a lot longer.. .
#10
I believe painting the fretboard will lead to loss in acoustical properties of the wood
#11
maybe use a stain????
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#12
Im repainting one of my guitars... but im not painting the wood... i wanna paint the metal parts Neon Green... Its a Black guitar.... but im wondering... will spraypaint do? Ps: im painting it this weekend so ill give you a reply and tell you how it went!


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#13
Go to an auto store or wal-mart, just read the can... if its safe for metal it's ok, they sell that ghetto chrome coloring spray paint.

If you are spraying the frets it'll come out bad and rub off
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#14
The neck on my Am Strat is painted. If you look close at one you can see the paint going up the sides of the frets.
#15
Quote by Reaper/chaos
Im repainting one of my guitars... but im not painting the wood... i wanna paint the metal parts Neon Green... Its a Black guitar.... but im wondering... will spraypaint do? Ps: im painting it this weekend so ill give you a reply and tell you how it went!


Spray paint on smooth metal has a tendency to scrape off very easily when its 'young' and flake off or chip once its hard. This can be minimized by using a good primer and/or buffing the metal with fine sandpaper. Be careful with buffing because scratches might be hard to hide. And have you thought about these?Green strings
#16
Man it turns out ima have to wait to paint the guitar so if anybody has any tips then send me some! Also RebuildIt, dude... that was a freaking great idea but i have a question... where do i get those? I looked on the site but couldnt find out where to buy them...

ok heres how ima do this... im gonna tell yall how ima paint it and you guys give me all the tips you have... please...
ok here goes:
1. First im gonna take everything off of the guitar. (bridge, tuners, pickup, pickup cover, pick guard, and the pot plate)NOTE: I already have this done
2. Im gonna take some 300 grit sandpaper and carefully "roughen it up" so that the paint sticks better.
3. Im gonna Prime it with some metal primer. (does walmart carry that?)
4. Im gonna double check with everything.(make shure im in a good spot where there is no wind or dust, make shure to everything is good and sanded, make shure all kids in the area fear for their lives if they touch it, etc.)
5. finally im gonna take some neon green automotive spraypaint and get to painting.
6. make sure all is painted well and wait till its just cool enough to hit with a hairdryer (this is cuz when you hairdry it, it creates a kind of shell that is awesome!)dont worrry i wont blow myself up... *snickers and finishes taping little brother to propane tank*
7.put it all back on and GO!!!!
THE END



so... any one got any comments/tips for me?
I cant possibly be the first idiot to try this so cmon and give me all your tips!!!
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#17
300 might be too course, sounds like you are going for a shiny smooth finish, so scratches are going to show through. Getting the right primer is important, it has to match the type of paint your using, and the right primer will reduce the need for buffing the metal. Also, a bit of oil isnt much of a problem on wood, but can mess up on metal, so clean off any oils (your fingers have oil) with solvent.
Instead of walmart, go to home depot or lowes and ask to talk to the person really knows paint. They usually have someone who is really keen, but not everyone is a specialist. If their top guy/girl is not on shift, find out when you can talk to them. If you're not in a hurry, find a friend of a friend of a friend who does automotive painting.
#18
Well i gots a couple o' problems there... I dont have a ride to Home Depot or any hardware store like that... walmart is pretty much all i got to work with... and i kinda wanna use the sand paper cuz ive heard from people all over that i need to use it. (one of those people was my wood shop teacher who has done this once but wont help me much) But that doesnt mean ima ignore your advise... so... about what grain sand paper should i use? Im not really looking for a shiney smooth finish just one that looks good! Plus where should i buy those nifty lil strings u showed me? Im going to use Automotive Primer so what kind would be the right kind? If you can, give a brand name and type. (if i cant find the primer i need ima order it off o' Ebay.)

Man this is turning out to be quite the pain in the a$$... I only have about a 30$ budget too. but that doesnt mean ima give up that easy, ima try and make this work, and make this look good! But thanx for all your help!
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#19
Well, if walmart is what you've got it will just have to do! Still ask if they have someone who thinks they are the hot stuff, it wont hurt to listen for a few minutes. You never know what someone knows if you dont listen. If the primer and paint are the same brand, and both labeled automotive, they were probably designed to work together.

Get pretty much as fine a sandpaper as you can find. 600 or 1200. I've never actually used those crazy fine numbers like 2000, but I know you can still leave easily visible scratches with 600 grit.

Those strings are reasonably priced on ebay. here or here etc. I was expecting them to be more than that. I've read that the color wears off, and that they aren't great strings, but they sure look fun.
#20
dr neon strings, perfect strings for a jackass!

kidding, theyd look good if youre playing the right kind of music and have the right setup.
I would never sacrifice quality for looks

But wait, if im catching the drift of these posts right, youre spray painting a metal guitar..?
#21
Well as far as Dr.SKArface McDank dude im painting the metal parts on the guitar Neon green! Also i wanna paint the pick guard, the pickup guard and the pickup (mabey the pickup i dont know) neon green! if you know any way to help read the rest of this post and then send some tips!!

Well here is the update!!! I got spraypaint, primer, and some 120 grit sandpaper... (i know the grit it too much but im still using it, its all i have to work with) so i started painting yesterday...

So far: I started on the plate that covers the wires and switches in the back of the guitar.... well at first since that part is plastic i didnt prime it... well then i painted the bridge (primed it first) i realized... the color shade was brighter ... so i have to prime everything before i paint it ... and thats gonna be a pain.... but its worth it! I must say some of the peices are done and they look nice!!! it seems to have a finish built for a feakn tank! Im even going into the detail of painting the tops of the screws... so tell me... should they be black or neon green?(the actual guitar is black)
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#22
Well its finished! Ill post as picture of it next time i stay the night at a freinds house cuz i cant do it from school. Its doing good i used Neon green spraypaint, White Rustoleum primer, spray on laquer, 120 grit sandpaper, a screwdriver, and a cresent wrench. But for the matirials i had, it looks awesum! It only has 2 marks on it and they are small.


The only hard part was the tuning keys... they took forever! If you mess up once on one of em' you gotta do it all over again! Its a pain in the butt, but it works!
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#24
Illbe able to upload them either this weekend or next.
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#25
Quote by nitestick
...probably feel and look like crap.

If he sprays a clearcoat over it then it'll feel like any maple-fretboarded guitar, which people are fawning over left and right.