What type of primer, paint, clear coat to use on a pickguard?
I'm gonna try cutting a new pickguard using my old one as a template, while I'm at it I'm gonna take a stab at painting my existing one and see which turns out better.
First off, I'm definitely going to try this, so I'm not really looking for advise on whether it will work or not.
I'm wondering more about the materials and prep work.
I'm thinking I should sand it first, should I use something like 400 grit on it, or something finer? Also, should I hand sand, or use a finish sander or rotary sander.
For primer what would work best just a basic plastic primer from Auto Zone? Sand it afterwards, I'm thinking finer sandpaper on that run.
Paint, some high quality spray paint probably two to three coats, since it will be primed does it really matter what kind of paint I use?
What kind of clear coat is best?
I'm pretty new to all this but want to see what the results are.
Thanks in advance!
i scuff first with any fine abrasive material
wash with soap and water
compressed air dry, then wipe
then a simple "rattle" can of my favorite color, flat black
even a few light coats of Rustoleum looks bitchen and lasts a longass time. i have to touch-up the wear maybe once a year and i play these basses almost daily. i hate when the matte finish turns shiny, though. :(
Follow the above directions, but wipe down with alcohol and a old T-Shirt. Use a plastic paint, you shouldn't need a primer.
BT - DT and had fisheyes show up in the paint if not even in the primer.
I buy rags made for automotive painting and they are virgin and prolly have never been touched by human hands either, but that's another story for another time. :-\
If you have more modern plastic guard, just scuff it with a scotchgurd pad, wipe it was a DAMP paper towel, give it a while to dry, then build a few light coats and see what you have. If it looks good shoot a couple more and call it good. If it has some rough spots hit it with wet 400, wipe it clean, let it dry and put on a couple~three more coats and see what you got.
All the priming and clear coating is overkill. use the color you want it to do the whole thing and you'll have less total paint thickness which on plastic will mean less chance of cracking and/or peeling off. Use a paint made for plastic as it will be more flexi than your standard rattle can paint, again, less chance of cracking and/or peeling.
I used Krylon Fusion spray (rattle can) and it worked well. Spray it in a few thin layers then allow it to cure. Curing takes at least 30 days. Wet sand it to 1500 grit then use a good car polish to bring it to a high gloss.
In all it was a lot of work but I had everything to do it but the can of paint. If I didn't have all the stuff I would have just got a new pickguard.
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