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MusicMan S.U.B. Refinish.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Hopkins, Nov 16, 2013.


  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I have had my S.U.B. for a few years now. I love the bass but I fell out of love with the white textured finish. It started turning yellow, there is some arm funk still trapped in it from its previous owner that I couldn't clean off, and there were a couple of chips in the finish. So I have decided to give it an emerald green sparkle finish.

    This is the bass
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    Disassembled, and block sanded flat. I am using the factory sealer because there is no reason at all to strip down to bare wood on a refinish. The factory sealer coat is already dead level, and is a perfect starting point for the refinish.
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    Black base coat, In a minor brain fart, I forgot to wipe the body down before I shot the black base coat, so there is some dust in the finish. It shouldn't hurt anything.
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    When the base coat is dry, I will scuff sand it with a sanding block and 400 grit, and start applying the flake.
     
  2. Mahataru

    Mahataru

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    Do you have a spray booth? Are you using aerosol or hvlp?
     
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I have an HVLP spray gun. I dont have a spray booth yet but plans for one are in the works.
     
  4. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

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    Always wanted to do one of these myself, can't wait to see what you do here...
    SUB'd...
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  6. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Gold Supporting Member

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    Cool I can't wait to see the color!

    I still haven't done my sub yet for fear of the truck bed liner finish...lol. Did it sand ok?
     
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    It wasn't bad at all. I took it down with a random orbital and a 400 grit and finished it off with a block.
     
  8. Mahataru

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    I just finished the final clear coats on a body refinish in ocean turquoise metallic. If you've never sprayed a metallic before just be sure to make it super clean because you can't really do spot touch ups in the color coat without have a visible variance in irridesence. Also, make sure to put plenty of clear over the color coat before level sanding. I ended up sanding halfway into the color coat without noticing until I sprayed the next clear coat. I didn't have any visible burns though the color but sanding a little way into the color messed with the metal flake reflectivity in patches. If you do have any burn throughs in the color, plan ahead and have enough extra color to do a complete respray for even a small burn or touch up to keep the metal flake irridesence consistent.
     
  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Im not spraying a metallic actually. I apply a clear and dust the flake on with one of [​IMG]

    I am using a dry flake that is to big to be sprayed through a regular spray gun tip.

    Its going to loom like these finishes
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  10. IvanMunoz

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    Yes! Another Hopkins thread! Subscribed.
     
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Just a refinsh this time, thanks a lot man I really appreciate it.
     
  12. joseplluissans

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    Your stuff is always quality stuff :)
     
  13. vdub75

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    I just love flakey finishes! speacially green!
     
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Well, I looks like the Flake Buster dry flake gun was a waste of time, money, and flakes. My first attempt with the dry flake gun laid down the flake very unevenly. So I bought a new gun with a 2.0mm tip and went back to the old method of mixing the flake in the clear. The bigger tip size handled the flake very well.

    It is going to get one more coat of flake, I usually do three coats, but I am liking how it looks with more of the black showing through.
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  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Sprayed two more coats of flake, its pretty thick now, and everything is looking even. As with every other flake finish I have done, this one is almost impossible to get an accurate photo of, especially since its such an ugly day with no direct sunlight.

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  16. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

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    That's some seriously thick flake. Love it!
     
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Thanks, I just wish I could get the actual color to photograph correctly. In some of the pictures its almost blue looking, in reality its more of an emerald green color, and its very sparkly,
     
  18. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Gold Supporting Member

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    Looking great!

    So the Flake Buster was a bust! That's a shame. I was going to pick one up, I guess I'm going to keep doing it the old way as well.
     
  19. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    The new gun with the 2.0 tip makes for an easy flake job. The Flake Buster spits and sputters to much, makes for uneven coverage.
     
  20. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

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    You should send this one to me for a 2 year evaluation...
     
  21. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Supporting Member

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    Two words: matching headstock

    ...sorry, three words: beautiful
     

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