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Right, well this october holiday i decided to paint my guitar, but not in the normal way, but with the swirl effect used on some jems. Probably not the best idea as Ive never painted a guitar before. Anyway, right now the guitar has been dipped, so the swirl is on and it looks sweet as, but I have no idea what to use for the clear coats! does anybody know?? ps. i used enamel paints for the swirl.
heres a link to the pics.
http://www.bebo.com/PhotoAlbumBig.jsp?MemberId=20383245&PhotoNbr=1&PhotoAlbumId=643845652

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#2
Sweet job, I'll give you that. I'm more into see-through single color finishes for my own guitars, but this is really nicely done. Can't help you on the clear coat, though=(
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Sweet job, I'll give you that. I'm more into see-through single color finishes for my own guitars, but this is really nicely done. Can't help you on the clear coat, though=(

Yeh, I was considering putting a quilt maple veneer on it, but decided against it, wanted something a bit different.
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Awesome job! Any chance of closer and sharper pics? (try in good light and use something to hold the camera steady if you have to.

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Awesome job! Any chance of closer and sharper pics? (try in good light and use something to hold the camera steady if you have to.

hey. yeh the pics arent that great, firstly its the cam on my phone and and it was dark. I will get better pics when my dad brings his work camera home.
#9
First off, good job on the paint, looks killer. Im trying to paint one myself, so if i have any questions i might end up pming you.

As for the clearcoat. Im sure you know that most guitar builders will use a nitro based laquer to get the hard shiney finish on the outside. Im NOT sure if this will work, but you can certainly ask the guys at the paint store. What i AM sure about is clearcoat enamel. They sell it in a spray can, one tall can should do. Since you used enamel paints, it will be fine.

Some people argue about how many coats of clearcoat you need to apply on the body. My friend says 20+, and i say as many as you want to make the guitar look good. When i cleared my bass, it took about the entire can. It was about 7-12 coats. So go to Stew-Mac and read over their tutorials, and Gibson because they have some stuff too.

Hope this helps!
#10
hey, thanks for the advice dogismycopilot. I tried a clear enamel spray, but it made the paints run, thankfully it was on a practise piece and not the guitar! however, his may have just been because I didnt give it long to dry. I left it to dry for 6 days, and then today I sanded down some of the lumps, it looks a bit scruffy, but is super smooth. Also, shes called rosie.
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hey, thanks for the advice dogismycopilot. I tried a clear enamel spray, but it made the paints run, thankfully it was on a practise piece and not the guitar! however, his may have just been because I didnt give it long to dry. I left it to dry for 6 days, and then today I sanded down some of the lumps, it looks a bit scruffy, but is super smooth. Also, shes called rosie.



Which grit of sandpaper did you use? I should sand my swirl guitar, but I'm afraid to scratch it.
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well, I was really worried about sanding mine to. firstly, how long have u left it to dry? if the finish has any lumps in it then they will take longer to dry. If u sand on paint which isnt dry beneath the surface u mite smudge the paint. At first i went at the lumpy bits quite aggressivly with grit 400 sandpaper, then 600 but only on the lumps as this coarser paper could scratch the flat bits. my dad went about it in a better way. He went all over the body with 400 then 600, but very very lightly. and this worked well. hope this helps
ps. ive got this same thread running here, U might get some more answers adding here.
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?p=11092127#post11092127
#13
dude i love the colours i think some brown pups would make this look really earthy and pretty sweet
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That's some hardcore swirling over there. Not what I expected, but it turned out very cool.
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I saw this guitar in the flesh today and it's looking good. Nice job
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I saw this guitar in the flesh today and it's looking good. Nice job

Cheers, Doug says it will be finished by next wed!
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Cheers, Doug says it will be finished by next wed!

Sweet. Should be a nice guitar when it's done
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Wicked swirl job.. Was it hard to do. I've read heaps of tutorials on swirling, but I'm not sure how hard it would be..
Looks great, can't wait to see the finished prosuct
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