repainting in daphne blue

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  1. marklester

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    hiya,

    couldn't leave my little ratty project alone and have stripped nearly all the poly off the current guitar......

    going to brush prime (to fill out any dents) and paint to look like daphne blue...

    I'm using car paints, in rattle cans, and heard the nearst colour match is Ford Riveria Blue found on the old mk2 escort... from halfords!

    has anyone painted in this colour? anyone got any piccies I can see?

    thanks ever so much
    mark
     
  2. Kyri

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    Here is one I did as a bit of an experiment. I usually use nitrocellulose, which dries faster and harder.
     

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    i use rattle cans for all my projects, but i just learned something the hard way...u gotta be careful when using these paints cuz some are enamel, some are acrylic, and some are lacquer. they don't always mix together nicely. i sprayed what was apparently lacquer (it was duplicolor car paint) over enamel. the whole thing started checking and cracking. i had to strip it and start over.

    then in my impatience, i kept painting in hot hot weather (over 90 degrees). the paint dried unevenly and started to peel in places b/c it hadn't cured properly.

    so i stripped it again and now i'm at try #3 (which i'm hoping is the charm). i'm making sure to only use rustoleum brand enamel. and i'm also making sure i paint when it's cooler. and let 24 hours pass between coats.

    i had to learn the very very hard way. learn from my mistakes! good luck and have fun!
     
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    Mark Lester? Not...

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    I couldn't bring myself to do this to my Strat but I am curious - what did you use to strip down the original Poly?
     
  5. marklester

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    hiya,

    thanks for the replies so far....

    To strip the poly, I tried a test area of paint stripper - what a joke, didn't even mark the poly...amazing!

    So, I didn't use any chemicals at all, I used....a slightly blunt chisel! Seemed to work well, cause marking the body was minimal. It was difficult in some of the curves, but patience and it paid off.

    Well, under the poly seems to be another coat of some sort of poly type see through stuff that's all over the guitar and again seemed fairly thick.....I was going to keep it all wood like and oil or wax it, but to get the body completly down to the bare wood would take a very long time....

    After doing all this, I don't think I'll ever strip a guitar again, I'll just rough up the poly and paint it in the colour I want - didn't do it for sound quality purposes etc, after all it's alder but lots of pieces stuck togehter etc...just did it cause didn't like my battered body..

    Anyway, I finished keying the surface last night and there were a few nicks and dinks in it, but it was to a standard i was happy with. Brush primed the body but turned out the halfords universal primer is celulose! REally stinky and quite hard to brush paint.....

    however, two coats on it and left to dry overnight.....this morning had a look and was rather dissapointed...so did a test area and did a bit of sanding and in a minute, the test area was smooth and looked quite good, so think that's enough primer for now, going to use 150 grit paper and smooth out the whole body, give it a wet sand with 800 grit and then I'll be ready for some top coats (unless I sand through area's of primer smoothing body)

    Can't wait...I am an impatient person, but must take my time otherwise it'll just turn out looking complete pants!!!

    will post piccies shortly!!
    cheers
    mark
     
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    wow...a chisel? you're more daring than i!!! for future reference, roughing up the poly works very well...i wonder if you used a DA sander and some 150 paper if that would get the poly off...of course around the horns u'd probably have to use a drill or dremel tool...
     
  7. marklester

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    lol yeah, didn't seem to matter if I marked the body or not, there was the next layer of the thick poly rubbish....

    reckon it would have come off if I used some 60 grit and some time, but kinda lost interest when I saw the bits of wood stuck together it would have never looked 'attractive'.....just a bit of organic, which is okay, but well....I kinda want shiney now!

    cause I'm going to get a pink bullet now as well, going to put all the gubbings in that and for the strat, I'm going to try something a bit different, maybe one humbucker in the neck position only....something like that..

    hmmmm
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    Cool ! :cool:

    I used a chisel and a paint scraper on my Strat! Then power sanded it's Alder face off to yummy maple :eek:

    This project sounds very intriguing!
    1-Brit project... we don't have the a thriving Car industry with building enthusiasm so we don't have awesome varieties of colour at every convenience; unless it's just London that sucks for really nice supplies that aren't ridiculously overpriced because folks are trying to con you cuz there's no other place.

    2-Curious colour... Ford Riviera Blue-ish... on a Strat most intriguing.

    3-Nothing too fancy...

    Perhaps a Jazzy setup might be interesting, a HB in the Neck with nothing else, like you thought with simple master Volume and Master Tone. BUT use the Tele 5-Way Switch mod or wire it to work like an Esquire or NOScaster... or combine the two... which I think you could do but I dunno off the top of my head.

    A PAF HB in the Neck with Esquire wiring sounds very nice though and the most modest.
     
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    Sanding to the wood is quite a bit of work, I have done it a few times and sometimes the wood underneath is better than others. The blue one I sprayed had reasonable grain. This one had much nicer grain which made it worth all the arm ache to get it down to the wood!

    http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/str...rum/30243-mij-body-sunburst-respray-help.html
     
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    hiya,

    thanks for mail, I was thinking about having a switch so I could split the humbuckers or something??? but that was about it..

    what's the esquire wiring like? and how could you use a 5 way switch if you've only got one pickup? (sorry for silly questions), need to read up about alternate wiring...

    how is was....
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    and the old thread when I bought the guitar:

    http://www.squier-talk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1249

    I did like the guitar - played great, but it's time for something very bespoke and personal to me...

    So, the wilkinsons etc from the guitar will go on my new PINK bullet when i get it next week, that'll be my gigging guitar after a few little mods, and then I can take my time on this project to get it as I want it to be....

    Hoping I'll get a good paint finish from the rattle cans etc, as I said, lots of sanding needed, but I'll post up some piccies next week of progress.....just sitting in primer at the moment.

    it'll probably all go wrong and I'll end out hammeriting the guitar or something! lol, but we'll see.... or I could glue and laquer a canvas sack on the guitar if all goes wrong hehehehe.... or duct tape it...or......hmmm, I'll try the blue first before i go crazy on silly idea's hehehe

    cheers
    mark
     
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    i'd like to try dying a raw wood body. anyone ever try that?
     
  12. marklester

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    http://www.comereadthisdiary.co.uk/tagged/squierstrat

    hey, I know it's been a long time.....but getting another strat soon and doing a bit of googling and stumbled across my old thread! so have a little look at the above pics for how the project turned out! my dad has it now and loves it!

    next project coming up shortly.....a pink squier bullet! hehe
     
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    came out nice dude!
     

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