Please note that these tutorials are the product of several authors both from the Project Guitar web site and also off site links. While there are many ways to do each of the jobs described, your way of achieving the same results may very from what is described in each of these tutorials. The authors have tried to be as complete as possible but do not take responsibility for the outcome or end result in following their work. If you have questions about anything you read here please join us in the Project Guitar Forum where you will receive many different views and can formulate your own path to choose working on your own Project Guitar.

Finishing and Refinishing Tips

Staining Figured Wood Tops:Author Kevan Geier
 How to get a lush 3D effect on figured wood tops printer friendly version
Burnt Finishes Tips n Tricks:Author Brian Calvert
 How to get a spectacular burnt finish on a guitar body printer friendly version
Easy to do Burst Finish:Author Brian Calvert
 How to do a simple burst finish on your guitar body printer friendly version
Material Finish:Author Brian Calvert
 How to add a material finish to your guitar body printer friendly version
Painting Tips n Tricks:Author Brian Calvert
 Paint Tips n Tricks while finishing your guitar printer friendly version
Staining Tips n Tricks:Authors Brian Calvert and Steve (ripl3y)
 Stain Tips n Tricks while finishing your guitar printer friendly version
Faux Ebony Trick :Author Brian Calvert
 How to create the look and feel of an ebony finish
Painted Head Stock :Author Brian Calvert
 Paint Tips on finishing or refinishing a painted head stock printer friendly version
Adding a Figured Veneer Top:Author Brian Calvert
 How to add a figured wood veneer top to your project printer friendly version
Making a Custom Logo : Author Bill Jehle
 How to create your own custom logo and apply it to the headstock
Vintage Neck Refinish : Author Dave K
 How to create a vintage yellow look for your relic strat project neck
Stripping a body using heat:Author Brian Calvert
 How to strip a guitar body using a heat gun printer friendly version
Stripping by using chemicals:Author Brian Calvert
 How to strip a guitar body using chemicals printer friendly version
Stripping a body by sanding:Author Brian Calvert
 How to strip a guitar body using sand paper and other tools printer friendly version
Trem Cavity Dress :Author Brian Calvert
 How to dress up a tremolo cavity
Burnt Stained Blue: Author Brian Calvert
 How to easily change the look of your guitar to a world famous finish
Holoflash Finish: Author Brian Calvert
 How to easily change the look of your guitar to a one of a kind finish
Swirl a Guitar Body :Author Wade Finch
 Step by step pictorial of how to create a swirl finish using oil paints and Borax
Interactive Forum Tutorial and Reference Guide
Each of these Reference guide and Tutorials will open up to the perspective Project Guitar Forum thread
Painting tutorial :Topic Starter LGM Guitars
Painting questions answered :Topic Starter LGM Guitars
Polishing tutorial :Topic Starter LGM Guitars
Air brushing :Topic Starter Weezerboy
*denotes an off site tutorial which will open in a new window
Ebonizing Wood :Collated from newsgroup postings
 Many different ways to make wood darker in appearence
Making logos and decals : Web site Stew Mac
  Fast and easy way to make a professional looking logo or decal for your head stock
Translucent aerosol lacquer : Web site Stew Mac
  Step by step translucent lacquer finish using aerosol cans
Colors, Metallics and Blonde : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  How to paint solids, metallic and blonde finishes
Bursting with cans: Web site Guitar ReRanch
  How to achieve sun burst finishes using aerosol cans (similar to Poor boys burst)
Wood Dyes : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Discussion and tutorials on the use of different types of stains and dyes available
Gibson Gold Top : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Faithfully recreating the unique Gibson Gold Top finish
Gibson Cherry Red : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Using translucent dyes to create a beautiful finish
TV Yellow Refinishing: Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Unique finish created for television in the Black & White days
Gibson Sun Burst : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Post war Gibson restoration and universal techniques
Fender Sun Burst : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Two color bursts from 1954-58 and the three color vintage bursts of the 1960's
Fender Neck Refinishing : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Practical guide to refinishing a vintage neck
Basic Refinishing 101 : Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Wonderful basic discussion and reading if you have never refinished a guitar before
Liquid Polishing Compounds: Author Gary R. Dusina
  Authors personal statement of final finish polishing compounds
Building a Stationary Buffer: Author Gary R. Dusina
  Specs and helpful hints when it comes to making your own shop buffing machine
Curved Sanding Blocks: Author Randy Allen
  An easy solution for sanding hard to reach areas by hand
Stripping a vintage finish: Web site Guitar ReRanch
  Discussion and methods on how to remove vintage guitar finishes
French Polishing :
Authors Bob and Orville Milburn
  History complete with a comprehensive tutorial
French Polishing : Author Mac Simmons
  Shorter History complete with a comprehensive tutorial
Glyn Cornelius Project Body: Author Cornelius
  A home made custom body finished two different ways front and back
Step By Step Restoration : Author Doug at Flat Earth Guitars
  1953 Epiphone Century Archtop
The Swirling : Started by Tony Gayter
  A Website dedicated to swirling technique and discussion with an established forum

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