Painting a pickguard
I'm sure it's been asked, but unsure where to search...
Is there anything I can spray paint my p/g with that will be durable. Just wanna turn my tortoise shell white.
Krylon "Fusion". Works great and needs no prep.
You might be able to trade a tort guard for white pretty easy.
Bob, ordinarily yes, but it's for a 2013 Gibson EB. They only exist in tort, or black (on the 2014s). I'd have to either custom order one or paint it. Much rather paint it for $5, than order a custom guard that I'd have to trace and then say my prayers about after ordering. I remember reading several horror stories regarding custom p/gs.
As fer the paint, anything special I should do? Paint it laying flat, or hanging? How many coats? Anyone know?
And would satin white be close to what a stock white p/g would be. Not sure what the color whould be.
The above is what I'm lookin to do.
Don't know about the no prep. I'd at least make sure it was degreased before painting. Wash it good with hot water and dish soap then let it dry completely. Body oils will keep paint from sticking so keep that in mind when handling. Lay it on a piece of scrap paper, cardboard, wood, whatever, and lay on a series of light coats, allowing each to dry before putting on the next one. Follow the directions on the can for distance from work piece and such.
If you want a glossy finish paint as is with gloss paint, if you want a matte finish, lightly scuff with a Scotchbrite pad and use gloss paint, if you want a flat finish, do the scuff and use flat paint.
Painting a p/g should be no problem. I haven't painted one but I've painted lotsa **** including a chrome Harley frame. Painted it satin black and looks awesome. Like some dude said, wash it good but after you do that use regular rubbing alcohol to clean any fingerprints, grease etc. Spray it. You can run 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper over it when it has cured but probably not necessary. If it doesn't turn out the way you want, contact me and in the spring I'll paint it for you.
If it were me, I'd order a sheet of pickguard material and make it in white. Sure it'll cost $20 including shipping but the result will be way better than painting your existing one.
I made the black one in the pic in under an hour and it totally transformed the look of my Gibson, to the better IMO. :D
Did you really think if I didn't know how to paint a pickguard, that I'd know how to cut one out of pickguard material? Or are ya just showin off.
Bass looks awesome by the way, so it worked if you were :).
I did go the extra step of having a vinyl cut from a custom vinyl cutting service because I wanted to have a Thunderbird on my Gibson.
It's not hard to do and the satisfaction I get from looking at the finished product is great!
This is a bad photo of my cream colored EB bass with parchment (antique white) pick guard. I sent my original pick guard to WD Music for them to create a template, so that part is already taken care of if you were to order from them. I am pleased with their work
The only problem I have is that the antique white is much whiter than I expected based on their online color palette. Doesn't quite look the same as my Photoshop mock ups, but I still prefer this look over the factory tort guard.
Any chance you can repost that EB pic? It's not showing up. I'd like to see it, as that might be a consideration.
Also, how much did it cost you?
This is a better quality image than I attempted posting from work this afternoon.
WD Music gave me a little discount for allowing them to make a template from my guard, but based on the price they gave me, it should be around $40. That's is obviously much more than if a simple spray can will do the trick, but I preferred to let a professional take care of this for me.
Based on the material samples shown on WD Music's website and the Gibson stock photo, this is what my mockup looked like. The colors of each obviously didn't match the actual products.
Lot of the newer guards are some sort of lexan based material that is pretty impervious to most of the usual low grade solvent based cleaners, but if I had designs on using any of that on my guard, I'd put a wee dab on the back first.
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