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Jmguitar64
post Aug 5 2008, 10:24 PM
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Hello all, I just got my guitar dismantled because I'm planning on giving it a new paintjob. I have a pretty good idea of how to do it but i was wondering if anyone here has any experience with painting guitars. I'm also thinking about getting some new pickups for it sinse its already dismantled. I'm thinking of getting some emg pickups but I'm not an expert at pickups so I'm up for suggestions.

heres a picture of it right now. and no those dents/scratches were not caused by me. I bought it used about a year ago.





I will greatly appreciate any suggestions/advice ya'll have for me! biggrin.gif
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post Aug 5 2008, 10:29 PM
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Well It all depends on the kind of paintjob you want to do. So before I can advice you a little bit I would like to know what kind of finish you had in mind.

but the tip I can certainly give is: sanding, sanding, sanding and throw some more sanding in as well. And once you've reached the point your satisfied sand even more.

hope to hear more about what you have in mind though.
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post Aug 5 2008, 10:33 PM
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Cool!

All of these guitar update threads - scalloping the neck, painting the guitar has encouraged me to get my old Hohner Strat copy out and give it a total remake.


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post Aug 5 2008, 10:37 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 5 2008, 02:29 PM) *
Well It all depends on the kind of paintjob you want to do. So before I can advice you a little bit I would like to know what kind of finish you had in mind.

but the tip I can certainly give is: sanding, sanding, sanding and throw some more sanding in as well. And once you've reached the point your satisfied sand even more.

hope to hear more about what you have in mind though.


I'm using car paint for it, and for the designe I'm thinking of some kind of tribal stripes across the top and bottom with the stripes being whie and the rest black.
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post Aug 5 2008, 10:38 PM
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Car paint as in Dupli-color?

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post Aug 5 2008, 10:51 PM
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QUOTE (Jmguitar64 @ Aug 5 2008, 11:37 PM) *
I'm using car paint for it, and for the designe I'm thinking of some kind of tribal stripes across the top and bottom with the stripes being whie and the rest black.


In that case I would sand even more. And after that thoroughly clean it with a duster and vacuum cleaner, we don't want sanddust in our paintjob.

Make sure you use a good undercoat before you actually paint the thing. And always sand between stages. If you are using a paintbrush make sure you cover evenly. You might even want to consider thinning the paint down, just to make sure the paint is applied even.

When you want to do tribal logos consider the following. Are you good at freehand painting (painting something with just a small brush)? Otherwise print the logo's and put them on cardboard, remove the parts that you actually want painted carefully, I would recommend using an xacto knife for that (But watch out, cause I can shave with those blades) and use them as a mould, then just use some spray paint to spray over the mould and onto the guitar and your logo's will come out nicely.

Hope this helps,
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post Aug 5 2008, 10:53 PM
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CAMO.
Maybe artic camo (white, black, grey)

Or desert camo.

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post Aug 6 2008, 01:11 PM
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I wanna paint my crappy guitar too.. dry.gif But I have to wait and get a new
one so I have something to play...

How about painting your guitar GOLD!! tongue.gif


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post Aug 6 2008, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 5 2008, 02:51 PM) *
In that case I would sand even more. And after that thoroughly clean it with a duster and vacuum cleaner, we don't want sanddust in our paintjob.

Make sure you use a good undercoat before you actually paint the thing. And always sand between stages. If you are using a paintbrush make sure you cover evenly. You might even want to consider thinning the paint down, just to make sure the paint is applied even.

When you want to do tribal logos consider the following. Are you good at freehand painting (painting something with just a small brush)? Otherwise print the logo's and put them on cardboard, remove the parts that you actually want painted carefully, I would recommend using an xacto knife for that (But watch out, cause I can shave with those blades) and use them as a mould, then just use some spray paint to spray over the mould and onto the guitar and your logo's will come out nicely.

Hope this helps,
J


I sanded it quite a bit yesterday and now im putting wood filler in the really big dent and snding that down as well.

QUOTE (Capt.Z @ Aug 6 2008, 05:11 AM) *
I wanna paint my crappy guitar too.. dry.gif But I have to wait and get a new
one so I have something to play...

How about painting your guitar GOLD!! tongue.gif


haha!! well I wouldn't say my guitar is crappy it just had a really crappy paintjob thats why im fixing that lol. yea gold would look awsome but i want to keep it as simple as possible seeing that this is my first time painting a guitar.

QUOTE (swingline @ Aug 5 2008, 02:38 PM) *
Car paint as in Dupli-color?


no, i was thinking of using that brand at first but i ended up picking up some krylon paint(which is just another brand of car paint)
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post Aug 6 2008, 09:50 PM
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Heres an update of what ive done so far...




i used wood filler quite a few times on the dents and sanded it down after its dried. I'm thinking of using a dremel and smoothing out the edges slightly.
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post Aug 6 2008, 09:54 PM
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I'm sorry to say it like this, but that is far from sanded well enough. you'll have to see all of the wood, except for the bit where there has been routed.

The edges from what I can see look good though.
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post Aug 6 2008, 09:59 PM
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Should be sanded more, yes. Stripped to the bone, so you can see every part of the wood without no paint being left.


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post Aug 6 2008, 10:08 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 01:54 PM) *
I'm sorry to say it like this, but that is far from sanded well enough. you'll have to see all of the wood, except for the bit where there has been routed.

The edges from what I can see look good though.


Alright well i guess its time to take out the electric sander!!! biggrin.gif the paint will die!
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post Aug 6 2008, 10:10 PM
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QUOTE (Jmguitar64 @ Aug 6 2008, 11:08 PM) *
Alright well i guess its time to take out the electric sander!!! biggrin.gif the paint will die!


Yes, I brought out the electrical sander as well. It still takes a lot of time though. When you've sanded it roughly you need to do it again with a finer quality of paper to get it perfectly smooth.


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post Aug 6 2008, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (Jmguitar64 @ Aug 6 2008, 11:08 PM) *
Alright well i guess its time to take out the electric sander!!! biggrin.gif the paint will die!


that's the right attitude!!!

kill that paint, show it who's boss!!!

take the following steps

heavy duty grit sanding paper, heavy grit sanding paper, medium sanding paper, fine sanding paper, very fine sanding paper.

after your done with that post some more pics.

and kill the paint with the heavy duty sanding paper first!
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post Aug 6 2008, 10:22 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 11:20 PM) *
that's the right attitude!!!

kill that paint, show it who's boss!!!

take the following steps

heavy duty grit sanding paper, heavy grit sanding paper, medium sanding paper, fine sanding paper, very fine sanding paper.

after your done with that post some more pics.

and kill the paint with the heavy duty sanding paper first!


Indeed.

Oh, and wear a mask or glasses when doing it! It can get very dusty and that's not healthy!


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post Aug 6 2008, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 02:20 PM) *
that's the right attitude!!!

kill that paint, show it who's boss!!!

take the following steps

heavy duty grit sanding paper, heavy grit sanding paper, medium sanding paper, fine sanding paper, very fine sanding paper.

after your done with that post some more pics.

and kill the paint with the heavy duty sanding paper first!


will do, I have plenty of sand paper (heavy duty to silky smooth) here so I'll probly be doing that tonight
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post Aug 8 2008, 01:43 AM
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heres an update on what ive done so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! biggrin.gif





the electric sander ive been using runs on batteries so it only lasts 3mins or so before i have to recharge it...so its been taking me all day. but ive got it mostly sanded except for a few minor things which im going to take care of once the sanders batteries recharge huh.gif

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