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Giving a bass a paint job

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by psi, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    Any tips on painting an already-painted bass to a different color? Not looking for a pro looking finish. Just something that will stay on. (spray paint?)

    Specific bass in question = Steinberger Spirit XP-25:

    I'm fairly certain MusicYo will NEVER have black ones in stock.

  2. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    You absolutely must remove the exisiting paint, I don't care how lazy you are. Gloss will not hold primer at all, so it'll crack, peel, flake, whatever... it will come off.

    Even if you don't remove it all, you must sand down the gloss and try and get off as much of the original finish as you can. From there, you can follow the guide I wrote at another forum. The link....

  3. BBMS


    Jun 29, 2005
  4. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    don't bother, it's a waste of time, effort and money. I mean no offense, I've just been there and done that. just my opinion.
  5. Do you have any experience with this book or is it a crock??
  6. ebladeboi123


    Jul 11, 2005
    Oberlin, Oh
    I know i have started a project of re-painting my bass. I cracked it, and wanted to sand it down to be even, so i figured why not change the color to a firecracker orange? Tak'n the previous paint/primer/whatever MIM fenders have on them, takes forever. If you wana do it yourself, TEC had a good article.
    Good luck.