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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / I SooOOooo Have the Itch to Paint

Leftee
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May 1st, 2018 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

That last project was a blast! So rewarding on a personal level.

I scrounged though my parts drawers. I have more gold hardware. Tuners, two Tele bridges (HB and SC). Lots-o-gold PG screws. A pair of GFS split HBs - also gold.

That tangerine/gold scheme mentioned in the other thread sure is enticing.

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May 1st, 2018 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 3 tone sunburst semi relic from MJT that I've pondered re-doing in a solid paint like Sherwood Green or Fiesta Red. It's an ash body so I don't know if that'd make things more complicated.

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May 1st, 2018 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

As a novice I can only pass on what I've read which is that ash tends to have a more open grain and require grain filler before paint.

But I've been reading around because I want to try my first paint job. I have a nice tele neck and want to put it on a body. Leftee, I'm tempted by the candy tangerine myself, but I don't think I can get it in a rattle can here. Maybe Dakota Red nitro instead.

Achase4u

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May 1st, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's definitely more involved to do ash. But once you are past the prep work they are the same. Solid colors will always show the grain after enough time passes. A miniscule bit of sinking in is all it takes to reflect that light differently and show. You can sometimes even see it on alder.

The wood filling process is a smelly and messy one. Use a good oil based filler like Bartleys or behlens pore o Pac. Use some squeegies from the wood working store to wipe off the excess and let it dry. Do this a couple times then once dry sand it flush. Then seal and off to the races!

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Buena Buena
May 1st, 2018 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Multiple coats of Zinser spray shellac work as well as grain filler.

I’ve also tried squeegeeing on CA adhesive as a grain filler. Several boo-teek acoustic guitar makers are using CA as a grain filler now because it sets up super fast, cures clear, sands very smooth, forms a hard, lightweight finish in the wood, and all finishes bond with it very well. You have to work fast, and you need lots of ventilation.

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May 1st, 2018 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

My last project was an ash tele and it made me realise why so many bemoan grain filling.

This was my first body that required the process, and I should add that I went with a wood dye and clear finish, not a solid colour lacquer. Also, I used ebony coloured filler to accentuate the grain pattern.

It was a lot of work and I still never got it "perfect". It came up more than just okay, but not as well as I had hoped.

Next time (if I use ash) I'll try something different.

Looks like we hijacked your thread Leftee! Sorry!

Ash Tele

Leftee
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May 1st, 2018 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nope! It’s all good. (-:

M Tracy
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May 1st, 2018 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I did a tele in a gold orange red chameleon pearl with gold hardware. I’m pretty sure tangerine and gold would be plenty spiffy as well. It was ash and I just used drywall compound as grain filler. Cheap and easy to sand. I used nitro and it’s still flat although it’s only been 3 years or so.

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Buena Buena
May 1st, 2018 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Many builders use drywall mud as a grain filler. It’s easy to tint using water-based stain, dye, and even food coloring. Most of the time it’s stained a shade of brown.

wrnchbndr

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May 4th, 2018 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Finish work is the only part of guitar making that I do not enjoy. I built a Ric 330 style guitar about three years ago using ash and I just stripped the lacquer off of it with acetone for the second time. I might start sticking to natural finishes using Formbys or things like it.

(This message was last edited by wrnchbndr at 08:59 AM, May 4th, 2018)

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May 4th, 2018 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you are doing a solid color over ash, polyester primer works well. Build it up then block sand it flat. My '71 Tele is as flat as a surface plate finished with sonic blue.

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May 4th, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

What Hammond said. That UV cured polyester stuff is awesome, I don’t use drywall compound anymore.

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