step which a lot of people over look when refinishing a guitar body
is masking off the neck pocket. While it really isn't necessary it
does have benefits. If you find yourself building up the clear coat
rather thick, the tape guarding the pocket won't allow your paint
to form unnecessary buildup, especially around the edges which could
effect alignment of your neck during assembly. Another benefit which
is purely cosmetic is when you peel the tape away from the body you
will be left with a more professional look to your finish.
the body while painting is a must in certain situations.
One simple tool which you will find yourself making is a hook to hold
it up. If you use a wire coat hanger, you will find that taking your
time to form the shape of it will help you build a custom tool. First
of all allow the actual hook which fit's through the body to extend
further than just a simple "J" shape. I use more of an extended flat
bottom "J" (pictured below) which allows me to paint around the hole
without any problems. This extended shape also allows you to suspend
the body upside down by hooking through the trem cavity. You will
find this advantage helpful when painting the bottom of the body.
Making your hook long enough to be able to hold on to the top will
also allow you more control of the body when painting around it if
your working in a limited space. Keeping the design simple on top
also allows you to remove it from the area your painting it and hang
the body elsewhere to dry, like if you find yourself painting outside
and the weather is less than perfect.
how to go from a shiny metallic, bright or dark burst edge to the
middle and keep relatively the same hue of translucence color on your
Here's a few tips which may help:
Metallic looking edges are made by applying a silver burst around
the body, then painting the entire body in the translucent color of
Bright looking edges are made by applying a white burst around the
body, then painting the entire body in the translucent color of choice.
Medium to dark edges are made by applying a medium to dark gray burst
around the body, then painting the entire body in the translucent
color of choice.
I have had limited experience here but I will tell you of one success
story. I used acrylic artist paints which are flexible even when dry
to paint the missing part of the pattern found on a Jem FP. It looked
pretty cool because it gave the illusion of the pickups disappearing
into the body.