Failed Do-It-Yourself projects grief share
Anybody have projects you had that involved working on your bass or guitar that went horribly wrong?
In my recent project, I wanted to stain the rosewood neck on my les Paul custom silverburst with an ebony stain. I taped up the neck with blue painters tape. After 5 coats of staining, I took the painters tape off and discovered that the stain had bled through the tape and onto the binding of the neck and left a couple spots on the body itself :( ive tried lacquer remover and mineral spirits but I got nowhere. I feel absolutely awful and I hate myself for it.
Anybody else have a similar tragedy with their musical instrument projects? Advice on how to fix mine would be greatly appreciated :)
Have a great day - Jeremy
It's a little late now, but next time get some liquid mask. It can be a real PITA to work with but if you take your time and don't rush things you will be rewarded with perfect lines with no bleed.
Way back in my 20's I bought an absolutely perfect, cherry red short scale Epi hollow body archtop bass and proceeded to ruin the 3 layer T/W/B pick guard by putting denatured alcohol on it.
I'm just glad I took it off the bass before I sprayed it down. It softened up the top layer and started giving off a very strong chemical smell. When it dried it was covered with a whiteish haze that wouldn't come off, even when I tried to buff it. I wound up painting it black but it still looked like crap next to the rest of the perfect bass.
There was a Cort P-bass copy that I bought a long time ago. It had a bright glossy red finish and a white pickguard. The enamel got damaged in one spot and created a cracked shell area in the area it got hit. I thought, well, I was cheap. How hard can it be to sand it off and coat it. I was in my 20's and thought it was going to be an easy project. No carpentry required other than sanding.
I removed all the hardware. Step 1 was cake. Then, I sanded off all the red paint. That was easy but took more elbow grease. So to preface my next statement, I thought that all wood would be smooth underneath. No grainy lines, like oak furniture. After sanding all the paint off, there were grain lines everywhere. I didn't know it then, but it was an ash body. I tried to sand it down as smooth as possible and then I used clear polyurethane applied with a paint brush. I didn't know at the time there were different finishes and I had applied a satin finish and I wanted a glossy finish. Well, too late for that so I stuck with it. I put on a second coat and saw that this bass was going to not only sound bad and play bad, but it was going to look bad. I put the hardware back on and played it. It was gross. I ended up trading it in at the music store I bought it from. Oddly enough, about two months later, it was gone off the shelves to be enjoyed by someone else.
I bought an unfinished Warmoth bass body and decided to paint it myself using Reranch spray cans. How hard can it be, right? Well, it was a lot harder that I thought. Sand the body, apply sealer, then primer, then several color coats, then a clear coat, sanding in between. The first attempt came out so bad I stripped it all off and tried again, and the second attempt wasn't that great either. Sand too little and you don't get a nice glossy finish, sand too much and you go right through the color coat. Spray too light and you run out pf paint, spray too heavy and you get runs and drips.
For the time I spent working on it, I could have mowed lawns in my neighborhood and earned more than enough money to get a professional finish done.
I'm not knocking either Warmoth or Reranch products. Some poeple on TB have done very nice work using them. It just takes more skill and experience than I happen to have.
I had a cheap no-name bass as my first, and it was a really plain black color. Remember Fleck-Stone spray paint? Yeah, it had just come out and at 15 I was gonna have the coolest looking granite bass ever! While I applied the pair properly, what I didn't think about was the feel of the finish- it was lumpy and rough to the touch. My wrist was frequently chafed when playing (didn't have Hetfield-style wristbands) and no matter how many coats of clear I put on it still sucked to play it.
About a year later at age 16 I channeled my inner Michaelangelo and painted a portrait of Cliff Burton on it... With Testor model paints and the horrible brush that comes with the set.
I honestly wish I had a picture of how bad that bass looked.
It was bad enough he failed to realize how bad he was, but he constantly fished for compliments which made it not just sad but weird and awkward as well.
You could stain the body ebony to match...
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