Refinishing advice - muscle car edition

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Painting the headstock?

  1. Paint it and try to get a custom decal

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  2. Paint it and don't worry about it

    19 vote(s)
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  3. Don't paint the headstock

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  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    I'm thinking about refinishing this bass
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    in this color
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    I know what kind of paint I would use.

    If I painted the headstock would it be worth it to try and get an identical water slide decal made to show it's a Peavey Foundation?
  2. aproud1

    aproud1 Lost time is not found again. Gold Supporting Member

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    Or you could get a peavey/whatever you want waterslide? Peavey Boss 302?

    Great color choice BTW. Should look great with that fretboard.
  3. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I'm going to be installing black vinyl block stickers on the fretboard as well and black speed knobs. It should look pretty tough when I'm done. I like white basses but white and maple isn't enough contrast - I prefer white and rosewood.
  4. unclebass

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    Paint headstock black and use green decal and accent stripes, or paint green and mimic port between headlight and side marker light with black vinyl at the tip of the headstock. It is the same angle as the front of the Mustang, would be a nice touch.


    Custom sticker should say....Peavey--BASS 302
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  6. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    Excellent idea! The decal is going to be black anyway, so I don't need a color cartridge or sparkle paint. I'd have to do it on a laser printer, though - huh?
  8. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    The stripe that goes from the top fender back to the quarter panel I would make it go in the other direction on the headstock and say the peavey bass 302 thing.
  9. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    You can use an inkjet printer. If you get the kit it comes with paper and a can of decal bonding spray that helps seal the decal.
  10. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    This really solves the logo issue! Since it's maple I'm just going to take a hi res pic of the headstock logo and then use that for the decal. It should come out looking like a custom version from the factory. I'm going to replace all the hardware with black as well to complete the look.
  11. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

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    If it were mine, I would keep it simple and elegant. Use the green metallic of your car as the body finish, paint the headstock black, do the "Peavey" decal in white or silver. As for the stripe, do it in black, starting where the neck ends, and bisecting the body all the way to the bottom A thick center stripe, with two smaller stripes on either side, just like the hood on your Boss 302.

    Simple. Elegant. Done!
  12. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker Supporting Member

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    I've always felt painted head stocks looked nice with rosewood boards and just so-so with maple.

    That being said, I would replace the logo with a similar water slide.
  13. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    Speaking as someone versed in Photoshop, don't try doing it by a camera pic. Do a Google Images search for the Peavey logo you like and grab that instead. Also, use the search tools to view only large images so you won't have to waste time sifting through low-rez crap.
  14. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    Hmmm... This logo thing is turning out to be harder than I thought. This is a 1991 Foundation with the more modern Peavey logo - the one that can't be found online in anything but a tiny pic.
  15. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    How does this look for the logo?
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    Here's the original
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  16. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

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    looks too pixelated
  17. 39-Bassist

    39-Bassist

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    I would leave the headstock alone, but get a green truss rod cover instead........and make the body the Key focus....Green w/ the 302 black stripe going across the front pickup area and just do the blocks.....just another thought....have fun....and show updated pics when done...
  18. 39-Bassist

    39-Bassist

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    Oh and possibly engrave "302" into the truss cover...
  19. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    It is too pixelated - you're right. I'm still interested in painting the headstock, but I'm going to have to let the idea of the new logo looking like the old logo. I could make a new one that would have sharper lines with no problem, it would just have the old Peavey logo. Either way, nobody is going to be mistaking this bass for a stock Foundation and I'm not going to be ruining any collectors value on a $140 bass.

    I'm going to have to use this logo

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  20. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    What color primer do you think I should use - white, gray, or black? I don't want the color to be either too light or too dark.
  21. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

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    I agree with not painting the HS but use that custom logo you posted above.

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