CAR Jaguar refinish.

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  1. KelvinS1965

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    I always planned to strip and refinish my 3 tone sunburst Player series Jaguar, but a mishap with it slipping out of my gig bag onto a hard floor brought the job forward. :oops:

    Last weekend, stripping the poly off with a heat gun. I wasn't too worried about scorching the wood, though pride in my job was knocked. Of course it won't show with an opaque finish anyway, so not the end of the world...

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    From the front:
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    A fair bit of sanding later and some brushed on coats of shellac sanding sealer (it's an Alder body, so I skipped grain filler):

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    I quite like the look of a 'bare' wood body, but a bit more sanding down and some coats of gold today:

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    A few minor defects to sand back tomorrow, then I'll dust another coat of gold on before moving onto the transparent red coats. :)
     
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    Good luck! That's one of the most difficult finishes there is.
     
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    Cool. I've never tried candy paint but always wanted to.
    I'll be watching.
     
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    Thanks. :) I recently did a Strat from a bare wood body I bought off eBay. I made a few mistakes, but it came good in the end: I have sprayed a lot of cars in the past using nitro on a DIY basis, so not a complete novice, though painting wood is a bit different. I refinished the neck on my avatar Tele last year and the neck on the new Strat too, so I'm hoping I'm ready to try Candy Apple Red now. :)

    This was the Strat I did last month. After the first attempt (too dark) I sanded it back to bare wood and used grain filler, shellac sanding sealer (it's a Poplar body), a mix of Sonic Blue and Olympic white to give a faded look, finished with 3-4 coats of Dartfords clear which has 'minimal plastisers' so will be more likely to craze.

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    I was pleased that I didn't need to wet sand the clear coat, only buffed it using my DA polisher I bought for detailing my car. It has a lovely shine on it:

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    I just hope the Jaguar turns out well. :)
     
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    Man that looks fantastic. Can you tell me more about Dartfords and plasticizers?
     
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    The strat looks excellent!!

    Looking forward to seeing the end result.
     
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    I started another thread on here asking for people's experiences on Dartfords crazing. I took some photos of the tin (bought from Rothko & Frost, which is a UK based shop) because someone else asked about the mention of crazing.

    This is the tin:
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    Close up of the back:
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    It was about £28 for this 1 litre tin, compared to the usual £9 250mL tins I usually get from North West Guitars (as the Gold and Red clear coat I'm using for the CAR finish). I haven't decided if I'll use the Dartfords or NWG clear coat for the final coats of the Jaguar yet.
     
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    Slightly nervously did the front and back with transparent red this evening. Trying not to get 'stripes' in the finish or runs, but fingers crossed it's OK.

    From the back:
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    From the front:
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    I'll give 4-5 coats of clear over this, spread over the next few days. :)
     
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    Are you gonna do a matching headstock?
     
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    No...I'm not that keen on them really and I don't want to get into the whole buying a new decal thing too.
     
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    Headstock should match on CAR Jaguar.

    Really
     
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    I like matching headstocks on CAR too

    This is comin along real nice BTW
     
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    Feel free to build you own in that colour scheme, but I find them a bit over fussy.

    I've never seen a Fender with a painted headstock that I really liked, sorry.
     
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    I'd missed a few patches so it was more orange than red, so I sprayed in those bits this morning and a thin coat all over. It needs to build up some clear coats now, then buffing, etc, but pleased how it looks in the sunshine this morning:

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    Back:
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    I'd missed this top section yesterday, as I was trying not to get runs and must have moved too quickly, but looks fine now. :

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    NONE MORE RED!
     
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    This looks amazing @KelvinS1965. Looking forward to see the finished product!
     
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    That looks great! I find it strange that you didn't pull the bridge thimbles before you painted it. That may cause problems later, but maybe not.
     
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    Wow, beautiful job. You obviously have the touch!
     
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    Conscious decision: They can't really be seen under the (Staytrem) bridge or pickguard, so if the masking isn't perfect, no big deal. I'll take the masking off before doing the clear coat to check things, but can scrape back any slight over-spray if there is any gold or red on the sides of the thimbles.
     
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    Probably a good idea to score the underside of the lip with an X-acto, too. There's a slim chance that the finish might crack a little otherwise.
     
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