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What Clearcoat For Guitar Body? Can I Use Acrylic Aersol?


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Hey everyone. Last time I asked a question here, it was about wood filler and it was months ago. Needless to say, I'm still working on the same guitar with the help of friend of mine. We've had some errors here and there, but we've finally got it figured out and we're about to paint and clearcoat my guitar. It's an Ibanez Proline V, for those of you that are curious. :D

So, I'm going to be painting it with base-coat metallic silver paint from an auto paint supply shop. I already bought some aersol clear from their store, yet I have a chance to buy urethane clear in a can. The aersol that I already have is Dupont acrylic clear that cost me $15, the nozzle is larger than a typical spraycan. The urethane only comes in quart size and it will cost me $40 from the same place.

So, what do you guys think? We haven't been painting in a professional setting, just in the garage. Will the Dupont aersol be tough enough? Looking forward to some replies and eventually getting this sucka done. :D

EDIT: The acrylic says it's for door jambs on the spraycan. Just thought I'd mention that, since it might be useful in determining the quality.

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there's no problem with using acrylic, I've used it without problems & it can be finished to an equal standard as nitro....the only issue is what you're covering. Acrylic's are normally quite safe over most finishes that I've found but not all of them. I'd use the same type of paint as the basecoat to be safe.

If price is the issue search the net, you're using it now after all.

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there's no problem with using acrylic, I've used it without problems & it can be finished to an equal standard as nitro....the only issue is what you're covering. Acrylic's are normally quite safe over most finishes that I've found but not all of them. I'd use the same type of paint as the basecoat to be safe.

If price is the issue search the net, you're using it now after all.

Thanks biliousfrog for the reply. I imagine the acrylic would be safe to use, I purchased it from the same place. They mostly carry DuPont auto paint. Yes, price is kind of an issue. I've spent about 70 USD on the guitar as of right now, and none of that on labor (friend's help).

So, is aersol going to turn out decent? We have a spray-gun, which is how we're applying the base-coat. If there's not a huge difference in the durability and look of acrylic aersol versus urethane for a guitar body, I'll just take the cheap route.

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UPDATE Ok, I went the other route. I found a local auto refinishing place that sold me a pint of urethane for 20 USD! When you mix in the hardener, it is only sprayable for up to 2 hours, then it gets all jelly-like. So, I'm glad it didn't cost me much since I can't use it all. I imagine this will spray on nicer!

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