Threw a little paint on a guitar yesterday.

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  1. Otisblove

    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I had the good people at Warmoth make me a body and neck last year. Decided to go with a non-traditional clear blue satin finish.

    Three things I learned from this experience: 1. I don’t like the look of a roasted maple headstock and
    2: Non-traditional guitar finishes are cool, but not for me.
    3. I wish I hadn’t paid to have it painted.

    Olympic white is my favorite guitar color, but it varies so much I just picked out a white Duplicolor that was close enough and painted my Lovemaster yesterday.

    Clear coat it you said.
    Sand between coats you said.
    Wet sand and buff it you said.
    Wait at least a month for the paint to cure you said.

    To hell with that! I’m playing it today.

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  2. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Much better now.

    Is that your 74th guitar?
     
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    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    That there is a Lovemaster ‘74 in stone white.
     
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    nungesser crash into your windshield of love

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    I dig it!
     
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    Torvald Strat-O-Master

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    Big improvement!

    I used Duplicolor GM white for the same reason. A lot of clear coats, though.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    as much as i liked the blue, white is stellar on that guitar.

    and excellent work also !
     
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    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dig it! I liked the zebras though!!
     
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    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice job!
     
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    Sixstringer107 Strat-Talker

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    The guitar in my profile pic was painted by a friend and classmate (R.I.P) who was a painter at a local body shop. It was done with Chevy white acrylic, and I remember it being soft for quite a while.

    I like the Joe Maphis Mosrite looking Dano you got there. :D
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    I like it.
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    nice!
     
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    Torvald Strat-O-Master

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    The thing about painting your guitar and putting it all back together the next day is that you may find that the pickguard has sunk into the paint job at each screw and that it's actually glued itself to the body. Same thing with the neck plate. Not to cop your buzz, but that's how it was when I put mine together after about a week, so you might want check. I had at least 5 coats of lacquer on too, which may have made things worse in that respect.
     
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    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Ideally, I’ll never find out.

    I’ve had a set of Tonerider Alnico IV Classics, a set of Seymour Duncan 59’s and now a set of J.S. Moore Alnico II PAF’s in it. To my ear these sound the best in this guitar.

    My goal today is to never take the pickguard off again.
     
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    Not that you seem to care, but if you very gently sand with something like 1500 grit, followed by 2000 grit, followed by Automotive rubbing compound, followed by automotive polishing compound, you'll get a nice soft glow out of it that looks like a vintage finish that's aged a bit. You don't have to pull off any hardware if you're not particular. Don't sand near any edges more than just a touch.