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Guithartic

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 10, 2021
3,072
Jacksonville, FL
The white pickguard is starting to look a bit bright to me, so I sent away for some WD Music samples; here they are against white, with flash first, no flash second:

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I'm wanting to get closer to the look of Dick Dale's, or Fender's CS version of it:

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Dick's looks Mint to me, but the CS one looks Parchment. What do you guys think?
The CS definitely looks parchment. Dick’s is hard to tell with the lighting.
 

beerbelly

Strat-Talker
Jan 28, 2021
399
Portland, OR
How the heck are you painting. It is 37 here as a high... 14 this morning getting into car for work...

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The neck had been painted a couple weeks ago during a semi dry spell here. The body gets painted after I check the humidity report on my weather bookmark; probably no more clear coats until next week per that. Temp. doesn't seem to be as big of a factor.

You and I both looks waaayyyy too clean.

I have two benches; the dirty bench in the garage:

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And the 'beauty bench' in the house:

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beerbelly

Strat-Talker
Jan 28, 2021
399
Portland, OR
How the heck are you painting. It is 37 here as a high... 14 this morning getting into car for work...

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Your question is interesting to me, and I'm wondering if others can chime in.
I spray outside under a covered patio, and seem to have pretty good luck spraying in colder weather. As a weatherman in the Service, I know there's a correlation between temperature and humidity- cold weather usually means drier humidity. And trapped humidity is typically the cause of blushing, especially during high humidity and high temps- the lacquer flashes off quickly, trapping moisture before it can evaporate.
In the summer, I usually add some retarder to my lacquer to slow the flash, but I don't seem to have any problem with blushing in cold, dry weather. I leave the guitar and the gun hanging outside, so the lacquer is the same temp as the part I'm painting,
Anyone have any input on my theory?

Also, how does a guy drink a beer like that- straw??

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beerbelly

Strat-Talker
Jan 28, 2021
399
Portland, OR
Interesting... since I posted my question I went to check a few vid on the process. One thing I see that you are not doing is a few (3) coats of clear before leveling the orange peel with 800...

Any particular reason ?
Updates and what I'm learning, including an answer to your question.
• I spent WAY too much time sanding this body before paint; with this metalflake finish, I could have probably left it at 180. This 'flake hides all sins.
• I didn't spray 3 coats of clear before leveling with 800; I sprayed 8. It doesn't really matter when the clear is applied after the initial color coats, as lacquer 're-wets' itself and flows together on each coat.
• I tried 800 to knock down the orange peel, and switched to 400 since the finish is so forgiving.
• I suspect I'll need about 12 coats or more to get enough clear on to level sand & polish. Starting to get spendy, but it's going to be worth it; this finish is getting deep.
• Glitter EVERYWHERE! It will not be denied; I can't even imagine how to control it. It will be on your clothes, your shoes, in your hair, on everything in the area you shot it. But still, WORTH it! I love the look.
 

Exhead

Strat-Tinkerer
Jun 19, 2014
3,427
Temples of Syrinx
Updates and what I'm learning, including an answer to your question.
• I spent WAY too much time sanding this body before paint; with this metalflake finish, I could have probably left it at 180. This 'flake hides all sins.
• I didn't spray 3 coats of clear before leveling with 800; I sprayed 8. It doesn't really matter when the clear is applied after the initial color coats, as lacquer 're-wets' itself and flows together on each coat.
• I tried 800 to knock down the orange peel, and switched to 400 since the finish is so forgiving.
• I suspect I'll need about 12 coats or more to get enough clear on to level sand & polish. Starting to get spendy, but it's going to be worth it; this finish is getting deep.
• Glitter EVERYWHERE! It will not be denied; I can't even imagine how to control it. It will be on your clothes, your shoes, in your hair, on everything in the area you shot it. But still, WORTH it! I love the look.

Tyvek suit next time? I'd send you a couple.

Yeah that looks stellar.
 

Eric_G

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 10, 2021
4,302
Quebec
Updates and what I'm learning, including an answer to your question.
• I spent WAY too much time sanding this body before paint; with this metalflake finish, I could have probably left it at 180. This 'flake hides all sins.
• I didn't spray 3 coats of clear before leveling with 800; I sprayed 8. It doesn't really matter when the clear is applied after the initial color coats, as lacquer 're-wets' itself and flows together on each coat.
• I tried 800 to knock down the orange peel, and switched to 400 since the finish is so forgiving.
• I suspect I'll need about 12 coats or more to get enough clear on to level sand & polish. Starting to get spendy, but it's going to be worth it; this finish is getting deep.
• Glitter EVERYWHERE! It will not be denied; I can't even imagine how to control it. It will be on your clothes, your shoes, in your hair, on everything in the area you shot it. But still, WORTH it! I love the look.
Interesting, so even after 8 coats of clear the glitter would surface and you’d get some off at sanding ?
 
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