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Besting the workbench, I masked my guitar:

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Hope I did a good enough job. It was a pain in the ass to do, lots of exacto-knife work. I also took a tip from Paint Your Own Guitar and attached a 2×1 to the neck joint and stuck a bike hook in the end. This way I can hold it by the 2×1 and move it around when I’m painting it and then hang it up to dry when I’m done.

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The 2×1 works well except that the body flops around a bit as I move it, bending at the bolt I put in. I’m too afraid to make any new holes, so I taped some thick cardboard to the sides of the 2×1 to protect the neck socket as I throw it around.

Also I made a painting area in the garage. A lot of tape and country newspapers went into the making of this:

guitar masked & sanding sealer

And I applied the first coat of sanding sealer. I read a lot of guitar painting tutorials (well, like four) and some did this and others didn’t bother. Luckily I found some sanding sealer at the local hardware store so we’re on. I’m sure I’ll make up for this in the sanding stage as I can’t find any sandpaper with grits over 320 around here.

Other parts in this series: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Posted on - June 20, 2006 [at] 4:16 pm by Brad
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5 Comments on this post

Pablo on Guitar painting: part 4 (sanding sealer)
June 22, 2006 at 3:42 am

hey man, im thinking about painting my squire. and this website has been a huge help. one question though. do i have to have a heat gun? im not sure i have one of those…

Brad on Guitar painting: part 4 (sanding sealer)
June 22, 2006 at 1:56 pm

No, you can do it by sanding or by chemical stripping. Sanding sounded like way too much work and I didn’t trust myself with chemical stripping and the heat gun was only like $30. Guides to sanding and chemical stripping are here:

Good luck!

Pablo on Guitar painting: part 4 (sanding sealer)
June 23, 2006 at 12:38 am

cool. do you know if theres a way to use the chipping method you used without the heat gun? its taking a really long time to sand it down.

Randy on Guitar painting: part 4 (sanding sealer)
September 15, 2006 at 4:01 pm

im painting my guitar also im getting ready to paint it i was wondering do you have to cover the holes where the bridge goes and the screws where u put the pick guard

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