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Plasti-kote. What Type Of Paint?


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Thanks guys.

Who would have thought that there are so many types of paint? I seem to have a lot to learn. Better I do it now than find out after painting my guitar and the whole thing has turned into an expensive mess!

Should I buy a respirator to work with acrylic paint?

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The local Halfords is next door to B&Q! Handy.

What type of paint are the Halford ones then? I assume they have compatable primer and clear top coat (what exactly should I be calling the clear 'laquer'/top coat?)

How long does it take for a coat af paint/top coat from the Halfords range to dry?

I suddenly feel like I'm asking too many questions! I'll stop now.

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Use only automotive lacquers in spray cans. They are harder, quick drying and better quality than enamels.

I used a metallic enamel to paint my first electric and every now and then it would spit and leave dark blobs.

They are still really only a second rate finish and I just wouldn't use spray cans for a guitar now after experience using lacquers with a compressor and spray gun.

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I'm not 100% on the type of paint, probably acrylic based but yes, they'll have compatible primer & laquer. If you're feeling brave they also stock a range of pearlescent & metallic finishes.

You'll find that they have a much better range & you can match the colour to any car that you might have seen.

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Yep, most of what 'accessory' shops sell will nowadays will be acrylic. There's lots of tut's on using 'rattle cans' on here - READ THEM ! As for length of time to dry, if it still smells of thinner when you sniff it, it ain't ready yet - it will all depend on how much you chuck on there at any one time and to a lesser degree what the general conditions are in the area where it's drying.

Jem

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also worth pointing out that it is very tempting to keep adding coats to the guitars when it feels dry . . . but dont. If you do more 3-4 coats a day it will just make it take an extra long time to harden off properly.

I did a few with halfords paint when i was starting out and they turned out ok but i really piled the suff on and they stayed soft for quiet a while

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Thanks for the link biliousfrog, I'll keep them in mind.

I considered doing the guitar in flip but decided to keep that idea for another day. The guitar I've got to play with is an old superstrat type thing and I thought that flip would be more effective on something like a les paul because of the curves. I am still very tempted though! There's a guy on ebay that sells it in cans.

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