Originally Posted by zot
Thanks for the advice. It's an unfinished J-bass style kit. I'm not real sure how to procede. I've painted car parts and other things, but when it comes to sealers and stuff like that for finishing this bass I'm somewhat clueless.
First thing you'll want to do is decide if you want a solid colour, a wood stain, or a trans-colour (red, blue etc). Most likely with all three you'll want to first apply a couple coats of sanding sealer w/finish sanding between coats. There are water-based and thinner based versions and either will work. I prefer a quick setting thinner based product regardless of brand. (found at most hardware/paint stores) Even if staining it will assure evenness. For a solid spray (paint) you can use primer/sand/spray paint/sand/clearcoat for a relatively decent finish. Multiple coats, wet sanding and buffing (w/sufficient setting time before final buffing etc) if you are versed will get even better results. It just depends on how far you want to go. If you want to visually tighten-up the neck pocket, leave it exposed when you're applying/spraying your primer/paint colours/clearcoats. Good luck and have fun.