Originally Posted by JeradP
This coming Monday, I will be buying a Tele copy at a pawnshop for $57. It's black, and I've never liked black on a guitar. I've never refinished, painted, etc anything, let alone a guitar
I've done some research and have a better understanding thanks to the threads on here, but if you guys could help me a little bit, I'd really appreciate it.
I want to paint the body and headstock to match. I was thinking sonic blue, surf green, rusty orange, or chameleon. My other idea was to use acrylic craft paint and make a colorful "mess" and put a clearcoat on it. I'm not wanting a sparkly, metallic finish, but I do want it to be glossy rather than matte.
-Do I NEED to strip the paint or can I just scuff it with sandpaper? Or can I not do anything but wipe it clean?No stripping necessassry if there are no chips of paint missing. Just scuff the paint up with some 320 or buff thoroughly with some 00 steel wool.
-Will acrylic paint adhere to a body? Yes it will, just be sure to scuff the body evenly, and not put in deep scratches. Then clean it well with naptha, and you should be good to go.
-What kind of cheap clearcoat would work? I'm planning on getting paint at Wal Mart, like krylon spraypaint.Krylon really doesn't like accepting a clear coat. A automotive acrylic lacquer will do a better job. DEFT is a soft lacquer, and it takes too long to dry. I do not recommend it.
-Do I need a primer?To cover black with a lighter color, yes.
Since I'm not looking to do anything particularly fancy, and I am a bit of an idiot, what is the simplest way to do this? I just want it to be a solid color and not look completely awful. Is spray paint the way to go or is paint-in-a-can a better choice?I would just scuff the existing surface with some 320 lightly, clean with naptha, and then use quality automotive aerosol lacquer.
Gentlemen, thank you in advance for tolerating my questions. The threads I've read answered a lot of questions, but they also sparked new ones and made me second guess some posts.
This is the post that made me wonder if I can do this easily because it's a solid color I'm wanting...
"If you want a solid color like black or surf green, you can just scuff up the poly paint on the CV and spray over it. Reranch.com is one of the places of choice to buy nitro paint, and also has a good tutorial section."