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Preserving Autographs

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by garytelecastor, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. garytelecastor

    garytelecastor Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have several guitars with autographs on them of people I have played with. I would like to be able to keep them rather than letting them wear away.
    Is there any way I can cover them and still use the guitars they are on?

    I searched here for a thread that might have answers and I couldn't find one, but if it has been posted let me know.
    thank you.
     
  2. Jimmyspaz

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    A clear coat of whatever the guitar is finished in (lacquer, poly, etc.)???
     
  3. brenn

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    Problem is, the solvent in the clear coat will likely destroy the autograph as soon as it's sprayed on.
     
  4. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    Woodburn them in?
     
  5. Jupiter

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    Yep, tricky, unless you know what it was written with. In that case you could test it....

    Second best might be to get a bunch of pens and do a test by writing a bunch a sigs and then seeing what type of clear messes with 'em the least.
     
  6. goldtopper

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    1/4" coat of poly should do it.
     
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    I wondered the same thing with the autograph on my Teisco TRG-2L, but never was brave enough to spray anything on it. I'm just careful to avoid rubbing my arm against it. It's mostly a wall-hanger now. :neutral:
     
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    Use a piece of clear Mylar like they cover pick guards with. That stuff is almost impossible to remove. I've bought it at fabric stores and used it as a table cloth to protect the wood finish on a dining room table. Sticks pretty good without glue or anything.
     
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    Sort of a shame; that thing should be out blasting Klingons every night....
     
  10. garytelecastor

    garytelecastor Poster Extraordinaire

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    This is my problem. On my B Bender I have 4 , on my 77 I have about 20+. I don't take the 77 out anymore, but I would like to use the B bender. I am going to give the mylar a try.
    Thanks again, you guys. I appreciate your input. -g
     
  11. Jon C

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    Not necessarily.

    I over sprayed a Will Ray Sharpie signature on the back lower bout of my G&L ASAT Special (he signed at a clinic before I bought it from the dealer) with 3-4 light coats of poly (guitar ReRanch iirc but I'm not sure, it was several yrs ago). The G&L finish is poly. No issues at all, I wet sanded carefully with 400-600 grit and it looks like a factory finish w the sig preserved. Ymmv, as they say.

    I'd worry about Mylar yellowing, etc., over time.
     
  12. PennyCentury

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    Check with the art people at your local Michaels or A C Moore; the protocol is usually spray fixative then polyurethane (match gloss to rest of guitar body).
     
  13. garytelecastor

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    Thanks Penny. Looks like Mon is filling up.
     
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