Hello everyone. First post on the boards here. Just had one question I was hoping someone could shed some light on for a total newbie to this stuff like me. I recently bought a jackson KVX10 and I decided that instead of swapping it out for a KVXMG or a KVXT or some higher end one, Id trick this little beast of a low-mid range guitar out and fix as many of the small problems I could to make it close to one of a kind. Before I start on this Im hoping I can get some tips and pointers on any important info I may be (And probably am) oblivious to someone could inform me. Okay, so basically one of the things Im starting with on this is that I want to change the color of the back of the neck to black since I have a slight case of OCD and the fact that the rest of the guitar is black and the neck is wood grain is starting to bother me abit and I was wondering if I was to refinish that to black if there is any complications I would run into, like chemical stuff in the finish/paint/whatever not working or would dry a certain way and would mix bad. I really have no idea what im doing lol I just want to transform the neck into the look of the higher end models, even with the white binding going around the fretboard and headstock. Something else down the line I planned on doing was swapping the pickups for some real duncans instead of this "Duncan designed" rubbish and replace the Jackson/Floyd bride with a Kahler. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Well it's a good thing you decided to ask before attempting it.

You can certainly do it yourself, but it's difficult at best. The neck really sees alot physical action so the finish is particularly important. No guitar should ever have an unfinished neck. Even though yours isn't painted it still has a clear coat. Thats a good thing because it's a very smooth surface onto which to paint. The rule of thumb is to always keep the paint & clear coat types the same. That way you know they'll work together. Your jackson probably has a urethane or polyurethane based paint & clearcoat. So to keep it consistent you can use urethane based paint and urethane based clear. However, urethane or polyurethane based paint can sometimes be hard to find in aerosol cans and they're trickier to apply. Another option is to use laquer (nitrocellulose) based paints and clear. They're the easiest for DIY refinishes.


Those two are nitro based and will work fine together. An even better, yet more expensive, choice would be Reranch's products, also nitro based.

Whatever you use, tape off the guitar, & give the neck a nice fine sanding (300-400 grit). But don't sand all the way down to the wood. Start painting light coats. You shouldn't need more than a few passes with black. Let that cure for a day or two. Give it a very light fine sanding, make sure everything is smooth and even. Then hit it with the clear. Light, but thorough coats. No more than 3 coats a day, wait a few hours between coats. Light sanding each day. Don't spray if it's humid. After you've got at least a dozen coats. Let it cure for two weeks. For the final polishing start wet-sanding with 600 grit and work up to like 1500 grit. You can buff it with a polishing compound if you want a mirror finish or leave it matte. Some people like matte finishes on necks.


I hope that helped a bit.
Last edited by X-plorer88 at Mar 24, 2012,