So it has all the masking tape on it and time to test out our home made compass, we fixed the screw in and put the pencil in the first hole, I put a bit of masking tape on the pencil so everytime we moved it to another hole it will always go in the same depth, once the first circle was drawn I moved the pencil down to the next hole and kept following the same technique.
Once all the Circles were drawn I used a new craft knife with a thin blade and cut out each circle.
Most Les Pauls have binding around the edge this one (possibly because it is a cheap guitar), it hasn’t got it, so the edging might be a little bit rough so will have to think of something to sort that.
The White base coat has been dry for about 4-5 days now so time to put the Bullseye design on it so first things are first, time to put masking tape on it, the front I had to put strips on so I can cut out the design, the back I just used paper to cover it up, to safe on my masking tape as no design is going on the back!
As compasses are not big enough for my guitar we had to make a make shift one! So we had the screw in the end of the wood worked out where the first circle would be drawn and then drilled a hole every 3cm for the pencil to fit into.
Hello, ok so making a lot of progress with this guitar, while I am waiting for the base coat to fully dry on the body, I have decided to start on the neck, So like the body I started to sand down the back of the neck, I used 60-100 Grit sandpaper to start then went up too 400 grit to smooth out all the scratches.
Ok I let the primer dry for a couple of hours and the guitar is looking good no obvious scratches! so time to unleash the white paint, this is going to be my base coat! I put on thin layers again to prevent any dripping! I will do put about 2-3 coats on it just takes so long to dry! Anyway after all this has been done I can start marking out the design and that is where it should start looking awesome :D Even thought I am liking the white on its own.
So after my hours on end sanding the paint off the guitar, I was clever enough only to sand the paint of and left the original sealer on this will save me a lot of time and effort! In the handy book I am reading they advise to mask all the holes up, so first things first that is what I did, I used 3M 25mm tape and cut off any excess tape.
Now that it has been taped up I added the baton with the hook to the body and hung it up on my wall with paper behind ready to put the primer on it. I applied two thin coats to the guitar to reduce any dripping. Once these coast have dried I sanded down any obvious scratch (Using the primer will bring out every single scratch). Once I sanded it down I then gave it another two coats of primer!
Its coming together slowly !!
Now all the correct holes have been drilled, I can start putting the Sanding sealer on, It takes awhile to dry and dries hard and clear, I will put about 4 thin coats on then once dried I can start sanding it down, I will use 400 wet/dry sandpaper if I don’t put alot of time and effort in the sanding it will show in the paint work later on.
OK so I have finally got around to drilling the holes for the Bridge and Tail Pots which is great because it means I can start put the sealer on the wood!! I have been reading “How to create a factory guitar finish with a couple of spray cans” and there is a couple of good tips! One which I am going to use is attaching a piece of Baton with a hook on the end so its easier to paint and handle
Hitting a couple of snags.
OK so hopefully getting back on track with this hopefully, been so busy the last couple of days.
So since I last posted I have obtained the following items:
- Bridge and tail with the pots
- Sanding paper 200, 400, 1000 Grit
- 3M 25mm Masking Tape
- A bottle of sanding sealer
- 2 Cans of Plasti-kote Primer
- 1 Can of Plasti-kote white paint
But before I can start sanding it all down and painting I need to drill the holes for my pots of the Bridge and Tail, and I have just realised it needs to be perfectly in line otherwise the strings might go off the fret board etc, Does the bridge need to be in a certain place? I am gonna experiment over the next couple of days see if I can figure this out, anyone wanna offer any advice on this please help.
Ok now I need to start looking into the design of this. I thought it would be a lick of paint and ta da! done, but nooooooooo not that simple apparently. Been reading this book called “How to paint your guitar” which I illegally downloaded and uploaded to my Iphone :D
Its a really good read it goes through everything step by step and the designing and painting part of the Project is going to take its time possibly about a Month to do. I never knew you there was so many different types of sandpaper which are defined my “Grit” apparently I am going to need 300, 400, 1200 grit sandpaper to get my nice finish.
I also need a “Sanding Sealer” apparently this seals the wood and the grain so it won’t show through on the end result, once this has been applied I am going to have to sand it down so its nice and smooth; did I ever mention that I despise sanding -_-.
This book also explains that I should keep to the same make so they won’t react or cause any cracks etc. The Sanding Sealer is an odd one so I am just going to pick up any random make, but for the rest of the stuff I am going to use “Plasti-Kote” its a well known make and lots of shops around me supply it.
I already know my base coat is going to brilliant white, so I am going to need the following :-
- Sanding Sealer - Any Brand
- Plasti-Kote White Primer - 1 Spray Can
- Plasti-Kote White Paint - 1 Spray Can
- Plasti-Kote Various Colours - 1 Can of each (For design)
- Plasti-Kote Super Gloss - 3 Spray Can’s
- Lots of sanding paper.
My next couple of post’s should be me getting started, should be fun! but so much stuff to buy, just hopes it turns out decent, just going to put it in my head TAKE MY TIME!!!!