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Painting a pickguard

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by keep it low, Jan 24, 2013.


  1. keep it low

    keep it low

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    I'm completely stripping down my fender p deluxe special and starting from scratch, my uncle wanted to paint one of his mushroom trips onto the pickguard and I said go for it! He uses mostly acrylic paints, would that adhere with a gloss finish? Heres some pics 1359052775486.jpg 1359052799877.jpg sand it down? What should I do
     
  2. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

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    Not for long...
     
  3. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas

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    You could scuff it. There's also plastic primer that's supposed to work with just about any paint. Then you could put clear over the top. You might find an old pickguard on the cheap to practice on.
     
  4. simplebass

    simplebass

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    I've had really good luck by wiping the pickguard down (lightly) with lacquer thinner first then spraying it. The thinner softens the plastic up just a little and I get a better bond with the paint.
     
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  6. simplebass

    simplebass

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    I didn't read your post well enough, if your going to use acrylics I would do the afore mentioned then a quality spray primer (oil). Many oil primers are designed to accept a topcoat of oil or acrylic, so make sure the one you get does accept acrylic. Also a clear acrylic topcoat would be wise as someone else had mentioned.
     
  7. keep it low

    keep it low

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    1359919411217.jpg here it is, just need to get some glossy polyurethane finish for it
     
  8. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

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    Wow! I hope this holds up for you.
     

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