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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    And now for the boring, but necessary wood decontamination process. First a wipedown of Naptha to remove any waxes After letting that flash off, next a wipe-down of Mineral Spirits to remove any silicone in the wood And finally some Ammonia in warm water to remove any of the mineral...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    A tale of two SG husks turns into three... My good friend who is committed to purchasing one of the SG refins in metallic green came over a few weekends ago and we discussed the details. I showed him how I was going to block the sideways tailpiece and he objected. "Then it's just for show...
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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    My left-handed comments are entirely out of fun, not serious at all, tongue planted in cheek of course. I obviously do not actually think that way and I am not a "dexterousist" (which is not really a word). My apologies for evoking that response you had, I can understand that. Humanity has lived...
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    Got to finally See Buddy Guy for the first time last night

    If you haven't seen the documentary "Festival Express" check it out. Buddy is a mad-man on that tour. Some showmanship highlights...
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    Got to finally See Buddy Guy for the first time last night

    I always joked "I'm 38 going on 83..." and now it's "39 going on 93..." Old Soul I suppose. But if Buddy is doing it at '83, what am I complaining about??? I can't repeat the stuff here, but some jerks in the audience were trying to do the whole "preach it brother!" and "tell it like it is...
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    Got to finally See Buddy Guy for the first time last night

    Living in the Chicagoland area I sometimes get spoiled with all the opportunities I get to see live music. I'm 39 now and have been suffering from a debilitating condition known as "OMS" (Old Man Syndrome) where I no longer want to go out, go to shows, be in crowds, drive long hours there and...
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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    Time to do some minor prep work on the raw wood. I really like the look of these two pieces. Again, we’re going after a ’69 vibe here. The Alder body weighs under 4# which I like. The neck has a tight fit, but a little too tight. Once everything is finished, it will not fit the body. So I...
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    Mixing Metallic Nitro Lacquer from Scratch

    I mixed a "test batch" with some big box store Deft lacquer. Used Stew-Mac Green and black pigments and about 1 tsp of gold metallic powder. Came out terrible. After a few days the metallic clumped and I don't think the black mixed in completely: I admit it looks cool in the jar, but the...
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    Mixing Metallic Nitro Lacquer from Scratch

    OK, so the basic MICA powders that you can buy anywhere? I thought there would be an "industrial" pigment that you should buy. That's waaaaaaaay cheaper then the metallic I bought at Crescent Bronze! Come to think of it I already have some in my candle making supplies... https://ibb.co/L5NtJnW
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    Mixing Metallic Nitro Lacquer from Scratch

    Looks fantastic. May I ask where'd you get the colored mica from? Did you mix into nitro? If so, what are the proportions? Thanks!
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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    Following 2015 I moved a number of times, never setting down “roots” anywhere. I worked on guitar projects when I could, but apartments are not great places to do any kind of building or finishing. My guitar projects began to pile up… But FINALLY on NYE of 2019 I closed on my first house. No...
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    Adrian Belew and fresh strings

    I got to see Adrian Belew in October '19 at the Arcada in St. Charles, IL. It was the last concert I saw before everything shut down next March. Of course, he was amazing and very entertaining on stage. Played everything across his entire career. Other musician friends of mine who had the...
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    Mixing Metallic Nitro Lacquer from Scratch

    Thank you very much for the contact Ron. Contacted Dave yesterday and he was very responsive. As an amateur who is obsessed with finishing I very much value your opinion Silverface. Finishing is one area of life where the more I know, the more I feel I am doing everything wrong! Your response...
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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    When my dad decided to sell the car it wasn’t really a shocker to me. It’s not uncommon for him to swear that “this one is a keeper” and then to see someone handing him a check and hauling it away 2 weeks later. He’s impulsive and definitely purchases his toys on emotion (I may or may not have...
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    CARS TO GUITARS VOL#1: 1969 Pontiac G.T.O. in Liberty Blue Metallic

    I originally started another thread waaaaaaaay back in 2015, but I am finally ready to revive it after a long hiatus. So I am beginning a new thread here so I may continue to tell the tale... My Dad is into classic cars...American muscle cars, hot rods, etc...from '50s to early '70s...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    I always thought "Robin's Egg Blue" was more of a pastel Sonic Blue, but definitely leaning more towards Turquoise. And, unfortunately, I love the color... I need more guitars to refinish.
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    1969 Pontiac GTO into a 1969 Stratocaster

    I read somewhere that you shouldn't resurrect old threads, but after 7 years I am finally ready to pickup where I left off back in 2015!
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    3 Metal Flake Teles

    Do you have a link to the build thread? Been wanting to tackle a metal flake job for the past 10 years. Fantastic work!
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    Fender's missing model the Relic Refin OCD

    In short: Yes. In long: Bear with me. I am a bit of a vintage Fender finishes nut and I've had almost the same identical idea as you've had. One of these days I will be a super famous guitar designer for Fender and/or Gibson (just watch) OR at the very least I'd like to be a dealer someday so...
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    Mixing Metallic Nitro Lacquer from Scratch

    I am in the process of refinishing two Gibson SG husks. Thread here I am currently shooting with a 5-stage Fuji Mini-Mite. I have used urethane automotive paint before with good results, but it is very expensive and I would like to keep the finish as close to 100% nitro as possible. Looking...
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    My search for - Jade Metallic Pearl

    '68 Olds 442 in Jade Gold Metallic/poly. It's a real "vintage" color, but is close. Not sure who is doing that on a car now: photo upload photo upload Two sources for basecoat: https://www.automotivetouchup.com/touch-up-paint/oldsmobile/1968/all-models/...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    I really, really, REALLY like this one. It's growing on me...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    CATEGORY 4: ORIGINAL OR SPECIALTY FINISHES Just like the coed who is struggling to pay her college tuition, I am facing the same quandary with removing the finish: to strip or not to strip? I see everyone's point that I should use the existing finish as a level base and spray over that BUT I...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    CATEGORY 3: OTHER CAR COLORS FROM THE 50s/60s Now here is where things get tricky. I have been pouring through paint chip samples and color codes and I keep seeing finishes that I really like. The possibilities are endless! For convenience, I do have some Automotive Touchup Urethane base-coats...
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    A Tale of Two Gibson SG Husks - My first expedition into refinishing

    Nice! I've been stalking The Stratosphere for an Explorer husk for years now. The last time I saw one was probably 2019 (probably one of the husks you purchased!) I've been looking for an Ex husk to do a '58/'63 leftover Explorer conversion on.




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