Painting My P's Headstock
So, this is my bass.
Body is Mary Kaye White, poly finish. Neck is Amber tint nitro.
I love the look of this '59 P with maple neck and matching headstock.
I've been thinking about painting my P's headstock just like this.
If I do this I would go with Oly White in nitro spray cans from either Gracey's or Reranch. I might also have some of their amber-tint clear nitro on hand, in case the Oly White comes out too white in comparison to the body. I've not done a paint job before (nitro or otherwise), but I'm pretty confident in my overall bass modding skills.
Do you guys have any general advice, or would you care to outline how you'd do this job were it your bass?
What masking tape would you recommend, given the nitro finish?
Would you apply a final clear coat, or just polish the color coat and call it good?
I love the look of your bass as is.
I wouldn't do it. Looks great the way it is.
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Thanks for your votes, guys. Still on the fence about this. :D
Maybe I'll buy an All Parts neck and paint it instead. Hmmm....
Don't fix what ain't broke
If you go through with it, I'd definitely clear coat then polish. If you decide to reapply the logo, spraying clear over it (then polishing) is the way to go. With the masking tape, any kind of painter's tape should work.
Read this tutorial thread by TB user Musiclogic, illustrating the many steps involved with decal application/finishing. I am just about ready to buff out a Fender licensed Mighty Mite replacement neck on my Squier P-bass. Aside from the very poor quality '59 style decal, (you can see the grain through the silver letters) it looks pretty darn nice. PM me if you want to know where to get a high quality decal.
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