First sunburst attempt!

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  1. Thinlineggman

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    Hey guys, I've had this airbrush stuff for a while and finally decided to try some guitar stuff with it!

    Here goes my first attempt at a sunburst!

    Red down:
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    Now the black:
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    Now I'm just waiting for it to dry and I'll finish spraying black on the sides. Then it's on to a nice clear nitro gloss to finish her off once the weather warms up!
     
  2. flyingbanana

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    Lookin good so far!
     
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    Thanks! Definitely gonna be more careful with the black on the next one. It appears to have covered the red in a spot on this body.
     
  4. flyingbanana

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    Try to feather the black some before continuing with the clear. I've used scotch brite pads for that. It works pretty good. That way you'll likely be able to remove that excess black and feather the rest. Do it lightly though. Don't over rub with the pads.
     
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    Nice start for your first try.
     
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    Thanks for the tips flyingbanana! I'll grab some scotchbrite from work on Monday and try the feathering.
     
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    Thinlineggman i have been having good luck using very fine synthetic steel wool for softening the burst on a second hand bass I purchased recently. Its a little slower but I find that in a learning experience slower is often better. I had to learn to like the stuff but now that i ve worked with it a bit I would not go back to metalic steel wool on guitars. Works great on rifle stocks but they are a lot different than a bass with magnetic pickups.
     
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    I actually tried some scotchbrite that I found laying around and had to re-do about 1/3 of the burst because i pressed to hard initially. It looks better now, just have to touch up one area.

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    The upper horn painting seemed to form a point rather than a boob shape haha. Oh well, still have to do some touching up on the sides, so I can even out that horn at the same time.

    I'm tossing around the idea of some fake doudle binding via pinstriping. That way I could get away with not painting the back. Good idea?

    EDIT: and that pic is really crappy. I'll try and get a better one after lunch!
     
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    Thanks for the link! I may have to pick some up when I come across some dough:p

    And heres a better pic of the body as it currently stands:

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  11. flyingbanana

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    You fixed that up nicely. I see you used the scotch brite. Great progress...but remember, stop right when you like it, otherwise you'll want to keep fixing things. That's when we get in trouble. lol
     
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    Looks good, I'm curious what paint you've been using so far, are you thinning it?
     
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    The upper side neck bout it seems you can be a little creative bringing black in a little more and rounded off. Mock up a neck and pickguard to imagine where the burst should fade out best.
     
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    I would add a touch more black to get rid of that red point.
     
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    I'm just using opaque acrylic airbrush paint. Thinned pretty severely I assume, as most airbrush paint is. It flows like water.
     
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    I will be soon as I get some time this week. I was focused on getting the sides covered and didn't notice the upper bout until I cleaned out the airbrush!

    Will hopefully get to spraying the clear this weekend if the weather shapes up.
     
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    Looks GREAT!!!
     
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    looks great !

    createx makes great airbrush paints. The best part... if you not happy with it, wipe it off withy a damp rag and start over. No sanding needed.
    I thin my dark paints with clear windex, It also works awesome for cleaning the gun or cleaning up a bad paint job to start over

    You can also seal each layer if your happy with it, with an acrylic enamel clear

    I highly recommend using transparent paints when doing bursts, it takes a bit longer to darken the burst but it gives a seemless softer look.
    If you want it more opaque , a mix of transparent and opaque paints work good
     
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    Use transparent paints .

    I did this strat using transparent black, brown and orange

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    Thanks for the tips! I'll have to order some transparent paints before my next go at a burst. I'm happy with the colors I got this time, but that soft burst you posted looks really sweet!

    And this body is alder, so there isn't any pretty grain to show off by using transparent paints anyways:p
     
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