#1
I got my white Ibanez Art-100 autographed on the back by my favorite guitarists the other day with a permanent black marker. I'm super paranoid about ruining the autographs so I was wondering what lacquer or other protective coating I should use to preserve the autographs and how to apply it.
#2
If its on the back I would just get some clear vinyl to put over it...like clear autowrap type stuff.

To get a clear coat like laquer to stick you would actually have to scuff the surface so you would likely mess up the sigs anyway.
#4
If I had the $$$, I'd replace the guitar and put the autographed one on display in a nice case on my wall or some such.

One of my axe-slingin' buds from high school got a lot of his idols' autographs, but he made sure they always signed a replaceable part, like a pickguard or back plate. That way, he could remove and replace the part and display it seperately.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Aug 9, 2014,
#6
Here's the guitar. It was signed by Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Shane Blay.

#7
Next time get your guitar idols to sign a piece of paper and you can stick them safely in a frame for display. That's much cooler and better than having them sign your guitar IMO. The only sure fire way you can preserve the signatures is to just not handle/play the guitar anymore.
#8
If you use any kind of stick-on cover, there is a risk that the sigs will bleed into the adhesive.


The only foolproof way I can think of doing it is to use a sheet of clear acrylic, say 1/8", available from handyman stores. I use it to make pickguards. That will involve screw holes or maybe double-sided adhesive tape. I personally would for a pickguard look with screws, you can make the whole thing look neat by bevelling and polishing the edges of the acrylic.
#9
Maybe you could also try that static cling vinyl. No adhesive to worry about.