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I think I'm going to Plasti Dip a bass....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by two fingers, Jul 26, 2013.


  1. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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    So, I have this bass that I payed literally $40 for. It is an old Profile Silhouette P bass copy.

    (As the story goes, a guy who owned some stores in Australia had some Strats, Teles and P basses made by a pretty good manufacturer in Japan.)

    Anyway.... This one looks like it has been drug behind a truck for a day or two. The body is beat pretty bad in places. It is just an old ply body so not worth doing a ton of repair to. The bass has been apart for over two years now. I just happened to come across it in my bonus room closet today. And it hit me! I'm going to spray it with Plasti Dip tool dip. I think I will just fill in the bad holes, sand it just a little to give the stuff a rough surface to latch onto, and let it eat! They make this stuff in colors as well as black, white, and grey. I will just go into Lowe's and whatever color grabs at me I'm walking out with it.

    "Stop freaking RAMBLING again TF!" OK, fine.

    Have any of you done this? If so, any pics? Results? Questions and comments? Wanna talk me out of it? Whatayathink?
     
  2. hover

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    I say do it. Then again, I know nothing about it, and am a curious cat.
     
  3. SamanthaCay

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    The thought crossed my mind once as a way to cover a very ugly body much like as you describe.
    I decided on not doing it because plastic dip is more like "rubber dip" and a grippy rubbery surface on a body sounded horrible to me.
     
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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    That crossed my mind. But I am a very physical player, so my thumb is usually anchored pretty hard on a pickup. It doesn't allow my arm to slide up and down much. But I'm going in understanding that it might feel "sticky".
     
  8. SamanthaCay

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    Also I've never tried it but the stuff they use for bed liner on trucks and for speaker cabs would probably be cool.
    For some reason the name escapes me at the moment.
     
  9. drummer5359

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    I looked at your link. We obviously had two different products in mind.
     
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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    I have a speaker cab done with Duratex (AWESOME product by the way). I think that stuff might be too thick and add a lot of weight. But I'll keep it in mind as a plan B because I have quite a bit left.
     
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  12. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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    So what's your gut feeling on the spray? (There's no wrong answer. I'm just spitballing here.)
     
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Supporting Member

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    1. More expensive.
    2. Thicker.
    3. Rougher?
    4. I don't think anyone would spray just a bass with it and I was thinking of just doing this myself.
     
  14. Major Softie

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    Covering the body with a vibration damping product sounds like a horrible idea.

    I say: DO IT!
     
  15. bassteban

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    Line-X is very rough, maybe not great for a bass, but who knows.. I saw a car the other day ENTIRELY COVERED(except windows)IN THE STUFF. Looked like a late-60's Cutlass :meh:/:cool:
     
  16. RedLeg

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    mythbusters loves the stuff so it has got to be good! jeesh, Kari Byron could get me to buy anything!
     
  17. 45acp

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    Do it!!!

    If you don't like it, peel it off and try something else.

    Anyone thinking of the truck bedliner method- do NOT use herculiner. I love that stuff on speaker cabs but it is very rough. If any part of your arm touches the body when you play it will not have any skin on it after a few songs.
     
  18. GKon

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    DO IT, DO IT!!!!!!
     
  19. Splods

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    Some pics of it currently would be cool.
     
  20. aproud1

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    Go for it, I've considered putting that stuff on many things but not a bass. If the body is pretty much scrap at this point you don't have too much to lose. It may take a couple of coats to get a good cover. And make sure to sand the body pretty rough. if you do it right it should last.

    I wonder if you put several coats on if you can polish it? If you do it make sure to keep your friends here on Talkbass up to date. :bassist:
     
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