Rattle Can Refinish Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by redlikejazz, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Hey thought I'd make a club. I'll hand out numbers too! Anyone who aint afraid to dig in and change the look of their bass on the cheap! Here's my refinishes, all colors came from the shelf at wal mart.
    My first attempt. Looks good, but didn't prime it well enough so it started chipping away. 2001 Affinity P bass.


    This is the final version of that guitar. The paint is Satin Lime, so I had to clear coat it to make it glossy.


    Next up my metallic red affinity J. This was a two can job, 1 can of white primer and one of Blue Ocean Breeze.


    Lastly my first attempt at a sunburst. Went two tone just for sake of never had done it before. Looks ok. In the middle of refinishing it again. After a failed attempt at Fiesta Red I'm going olympic white with tort guard.

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  2. cassius987

    cassius987 Inactive

    Apr 20, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Nice work on the cheap!
  3. I took a stock SX bass and upgraded virtually everything on it, including a charcoal metallic/prism paint job, for a GTG raffle prize a few years ago.



    Painted the headstock, even made a one-off logo, then sealed it all under a ridiculous amount of clearcoat.


    The "prism" effect wasn't as obvious unless under very bright lighting (such as a flash). Wasn't perfect, but still a fun project that came out pretty well. The winner of the bass still has it, in fact.
  4. Awesome! Looks super sick!

    Neurotictim #2
  5. Way back when I first started building basses, I did this one with Reranch cans:

  6. Whoa that's stunning! You're #3!
  7. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars

    That's a beautiful burst! It's amazing what one can do with rattle cans. Nice Job.

    Moonshine :bassist:
  8. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010

    strat. Used to be black


    Ibby. Used to be trans blue showing the flamed maple top.
  9. Fender Jaguar
    Rust-O-Leum Gamma Green colorshifting paint
    I know, I know...the pickguard... I'll re do it someday.
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  10. Lovin it all!
  11. Most of my finishes are from spray cans.


    Here's a few that are in the works currently

  12. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    Back in the day I used to do rattlecan refins all the time. What a great hobby. I did several guitars and basses for friends and sometimes bought a cheapie at a pawn shop, refinished it, and then flipped it for extra cash. I kinda miss doing these. And the pics here are great! Some amazing jobs!

    One thing I never tried, though, and see some great examples of here, is a burst.

    Can someone tell me how you go about doing a burst?
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  13. It's a matter of toning the wood right, then finding a transparent red, and spraying carefully around the edge, then black around that edge. It's a huge matter of patience.
  14. This one catches me by my chrome plated narglies:::

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  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    I did up a hideous looking MIM P Bass years ago with Rustoleum Black Textured paint years ago, and sprayed the PG with flat black - I wish I had some pics, 'cause it turned out really well...

    - georgestrings
  16. These are phenomenal!
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  17. Stilettoprefer #4
    Spleenface92 #5
    ThaLowEndTheory #6

    Keep em coming! These are fantastic!
  18. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Here's an action shot of my SX I refinished with some rattle can Rustoleum "poop" brown. Love the color. Excellent bass.

  19. This is a Squier Vin Mod TB bass I refinned w/ all reranch products..Neck is done w/ tinted nitro w/ period correct decal...Body is vintage cream nitro...I put in all switchcraft pots and jack w/ cloth wiring,added wilkinson vintage tuners,and a picguardian pickguard...I've always had a thing for 72 tele basses...



  20. This used to be white, with a black pickguard. Lots of work, but lots of fun too.

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