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post Feb 14 2010, 01:43 AM
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i wanted to repaint my guitar for a really long while , and i finally decided to do it , i have no experience in doing this type of thing but i feel iv done enough research , i have a question though . im up to the point where i have to sand the guitar . , is it a real neccesity to remove the pickups , iv take off the bridge and all the other hardware but can i jus mask the pickups ? and paint over them ?
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post Feb 14 2010, 02:12 AM
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I don't know what kind of guitar you have but if it has pickup rings it would be better to remove the pickups to get a good finish...


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post Feb 14 2010, 02:40 AM
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umm its just sum stock washburn , with ssh pup configuration , what r pickup rings?
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post Feb 14 2010, 03:07 AM
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On some guitars the pickups are mounted directly into the body, others have the pickups mounted in a pickguard and some others have the actual pickup mounted in a little plastic ring that is screwed onto the body (Les Pauls for example).



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post Feb 14 2010, 02:12 PM
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It's better to remove all the parts completely, because sanding involves lots of dust and it is tricky work. I woudn't want any dust particles to come into the pickup, and also a nice blank chop of wood is easier and faster to work with.


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post Feb 14 2010, 04:26 PM
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I'd definitly remove the pickups before sanding and painting.

If you have ever sanded before you know that no matter how much you cover things up with plastic you will have dust everywhere anyway. smile.gif
Same thimg with spray paint, it'll spread all over the place and make a thin layer. Be sure to have good ventilation!


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post Feb 15 2010, 01:46 AM
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You have to take off everything, the neck too if you can.

Believe me it is much much harder than you think. I would do it on a throw away guitar first, as you will prob not be happy with the results. (I know I wasn't and I'vee done a couple now)

If your painting a solid colour you may want to speed up the sanding process by using a heat gun.. if its a poly finish (which I presume it is) Careful not to sorch the top. Sanding it will take a long long time.

After you have stripped it you want to apply a grain filler, sand it back down to smooth, then apply an undercoat. Following that your main colour, don't apply to heavy a light pass 3 times and do that every 3 hours.

Then you want to apply your clear coat. Maybe 2 cans of it.

You want to use Nitrocellulose paint to get a great finish, then you want to start sanding, sand at 800 grit then a 1000 and prgress upto about 2000 getting rid of the orange peel.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE USE A RESPIRITOR IF YOU ARE USING NITRO AND DON'T USE IN A CONFINED AREA (BASEMENT OR LOFT) AROUND FAMILY MEMBERS.

A great forum for refininshing is reranch.com there are some great luthiers over there, its good fun but very hard.... good luck
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post Feb 15 2010, 01:15 PM
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There is nothing I can add to all this advice!
Stratman has told you everything you need to know!!
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The only thing I will reiterate is this:- before you actually spray your guitar, practice on some scrap piece of wood first. Practice the whole process of spraying the undercoat, rubbing down, spraying the topcoat, rubbing back, second coat, rubbing back, third coat etc!! Do the whole process through to a finish, until you're happy with it. Even if you do it several times!!
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post Feb 15 2010, 06:49 PM
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thanx for all the tips guys , takin my time on this one , il keep every1 updated on how it goes
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post Feb 25 2010, 05:02 PM
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yeah , I think a paint job in not a small task and it certainly needs the guitar to be fully unclothed so that you might not ruin some of those precious parts,

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