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Flakin' Out

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by johnnylaw, Feb 7, 2021.

  1. johnnylaw

    johnnylaw Tele-Afflicted

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    Greetings twangsters,
    Got the itch to build up a partscaster with some sort of sparkly green paint. Big flake metallic vibe.
    What's your favorite rattle can product with vibrant color in a metal flake?
    Any tips, tricks, grain filler compatibility, etc. welcome.
    Thanks.
    Play music!
     
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    Not sure what you want is available in a rattle can. There are some flake type products in rattle cans, but the flakes are quit small (as compared to real flake), as they have to go through the cans nozzle which is much smaller than a spray gun's nozzle. However, there is an alternative technique using a shaker bottle. Check out Buckocaster51's "Emeraldcaster son of Meloncaster" thread for absolutely everything you need to know about flaking a guitar, techniques, materials, compatability, etc. Be prepared to take some time though, as it is over 300 pages.
    Cheers,
    Woody
     
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    When you're done with that other thread go ahead and post a summary here.
     
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    You can get an awesome sparkle finish with spray bombs if you are willing to live with smaller flake.

    I’ve used Roth Rattlebombs to great effect. Here is a thread with all kinds of tips and tricks and a comparison to a guitar with Big Flake:
    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/can-w...-with-roth-rattlebombs-lets-find-out.1036873/

    I like this system of base coat, flake, candy, and clear. There was minimal sanding required to get the clear flat.
     
  5. johnnylaw

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    Thanx. I’ll scope these threads.
    Keep ‘em comin’!
     
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    Well, this just in.
    3lbs 1oz basswood. I had a Warmouth Strat style neck laying around for a couple if decades, so its time for a safer-at-home build to give me relief from renovations here at the homestead.
    The neck pocket is on the tight side of a perfect fit. The body was 120 bones off flea bay.
    I ordered a few cheapish pickups from GFS to monkey with. The goal is to have an axe of different character than the Tele or the Gretsch.
    I need to clean up the body with some sanding before anything.
    I have to sand woodwork in the “music room” and install three replacement windows this weekend, so we’re going to be slow out of the gate.
     
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  7. johnnylaw

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    Replacement windows come in large cardboard boxes.
    Voila! Instant spray booth! E750D417-2A69-4417-A8AC-69581AEA50FB.jpeg
     
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  8. sleazy pot pie

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    Check out tropical glitz
    They are an automotive paint store in south Florida
    They have a ton of awesome green that you can buy in a spray can, ready to spray, or by the pint/quart/gallon
     
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    Inbound! (As an aerosol) 0DC2AB3A-AA76-4EBC-93EB-79E35F5F3D7D.png 0DC2AB3A-AA76-4EBC-93EB-79E35F5F3D7D.png
     
  10. sleazy pot pie

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    Great color
    I looked at that one too. I ended up ordering
    Avacado
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    and
    Candy apple
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    for an upcoming project. Just have to pick one now.
     
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    I don’t know dink about painting guitars, but I dig those sparkly greens, and your paint booth idea. Watching this with interest!

    I’d like to see a paint being named “guacamole sparkle.” That second one comes close, but I like the other one a lot too.
     
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    I was thinking something along the lines of “Galactic Pickle”
     
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    Ooooo...
    Shiny things from 8CACF1F7-8FD1-42B7-9690-5C47BFACED16.jpeg the mailbox!
     
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    I've always been curious about those GFS goldfoils. As I understand it, they go more for aesthetics than authenticity. Did you go with Ferrite or Alnico, single coil or humbucker?
     
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    Alnico single coil from their “Metalcoil” stuff.
    I’m not so much after a particular sound as I am about a different sound from guitars I already play.
    I you want proof of how little of a plan I had going in, I just wanted a light, inexpensive body. Wasn’t at all hung on a wood species, body shape, pickup assortment, or control layout. It just needed to take the Strat type neck.
    The color choice came spontaneously when I came to find that GFS was sold out of the black version of the other pickups I tried to order. What the hell? I’ll just get white then. That got me thinking about body color. I thought of MINI Cooper in British Racing Green with white racing stripes. Promising, I suppose, just not “special”. Got it! Just add metallic sparkle.
    I’ll be a breakaway WASP, going the way of the wind by my breeches.
     
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    Except for large flake Duplicolor Metalspecks green in the spray can looks like this.


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    That is a sweet looking axe!
    Any chance for a close-up shot?
     
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    A few hours of hand sanding, and I’ve softened all body transitions. No angles; all arcs. I wanted a more organic and voluptuous contouring, and I think I got it pretty well.
    More organic looking and feeling. Got rid of any router lines too.
     
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    Just curious, did you use a nitro clear coat? And if so, how did this paint react to it? I saw some colors that they have which I fell in love with and I want to use them eventually.
     
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