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Painting a pickguard

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by shawshank72, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    To the ones who have done this, what kind of paint did you use?
    Any prep?
    Figured it would be cheaper and easier to do this.
  2. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    I used cheap spray paint on one after de-glossing it with 000 steel wool. Seemed to work fine.
  3. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Why? With the labor and material, you're 1/2 way to a new PG, which you will need sooner or later if you go this route
  4. OEW3


    Nov 6, 2011
    Because it's fun to do it yourself, if you can, and maybe the pickguard doesn't come in the color the OP wants.
  5. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Krylon Fusion.

    I'm not a slapper and I keep my anchor thumb up off the guard, so the surface should hold up fairly well.
  6. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I can get the color i want.
    I get the pickguard that fits as opposed to ordering one that dosent.
    Being in canada spending almost 20$ to ship a 20$ pickguard is stupid.
    Being in canada and pickguards are overpriced.
    Paint in the garage is free and 10-15 min of time is no biggie.
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Or some type of epoxy paint.
  8. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yup - it's worked well for me...

    - georgestrings
  9. Subscribed.

    So far, two "Krylon Fusion" users.

    Anyone else?

    Other paint recommendations?
  10. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    I'd shoot an email down to Pat Wilkins, personally. Tell him the story or give him your above bullet points, and ask him what he says/suggests. At best, he tells you the best stuff to use at your disposal; at worst, he says "send it in" and you're out the 5 mins. it'll take to type and send the query.

    Good luck!

  11. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Sand the guard down to a matte finish and spray acrylic, then a nice clear coat over that. Unless you're a very vigorous slapper, it should hold up well.
  12. Sand, prime, paint, clearcoat.
  13. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Thanks all for the advice.
  14. unclebass


    Dec 17, 2012
    I have used vinyl decal material to cover a pickguard before. You can get some from your local sign shop. They have alot of colors to choose from, and best of all, it is completely reversible. They may even put it on for you. I pulled my pickguard off, put the vinyl on, and used a razor blade to cut along the edges, and it came out great.
  15. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Is it hard to do a swirl finish on a pickguard, George?

  16. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Got me, bud - I've never tried it...

    - georgestrings
  17. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    That's not how it worked out for me - the cheapest I could get a PG for one of my basses was around $40... Instead, less than $5 and under an hour's effort produced this:


    - georgestrings
  18. ^^^ That looks nice - good job.
  19. Yep you can. I would sand it with 400 grit sand paper or use a green scotch bright pad. I have painted a few and it's about prep work. Really it's the same material as your cars bumper you just need a good primer for plastic.

  20. Would you mind making some recommendations? And are you referring to rattle can or something that would need to be sprayed? Thanks!

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