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    Default Wolfgang Black Finish/Paint Questions...

    I am doing a guitar based on one of those jet-black Wolfgangs with the cream binding (think Humans Being video...).

    It is not a Wolfgang replica (different body shape, entirely different neck), but I want the overall look of the guitar to be the same. So I am going to eventually put in Zebra pickups, cream binding, cream volume knob, etc, etc.
    The neck I have even has a black headstock already and cream binding down the entire fingerboard.

    But here is my problem -- I need to know how to get that mirror-like and durable black finish. Is there a way to do it with high end spray cans? I don't have a compressor/spray gun setup, so that would be my last option if there is a workable easier way to do it. If it is just not possible though, I'll have to go and get a paint gun...

    Any ideas? Thanks.

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    If you are looking for a solid, durable black paint job, you should avoid the rattle cans. I'd recommend going with a automotive single stage (no clear) urethane paint. If you apply 4 to 5 light/medium coats, you will be able to color sand and buff the paint to a mirror like finish.
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    you could always take it to an auto spray shop, i dare say black is a popular choice of colour for cars and if you sweet talk the spray guy he could possibly spray you guitar body while he's spraying a customers car, thus he could offer you a discount as he's doing it anyway....thats what i did and mine was quite an uncommon shade of orange (u.k. ford focus st orange with a pearl laquer)
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    Follow any of these threads--new and old--where Dino and Ron and our other resident finishing experts offer some advice on products and application. The most resounding thing that's been repeated over and over is to avoid using enamel, as it is very soft and reacts with other types of paint (which could mean limited clear coat options). In an amateur setting I've had better luck with spray cans; the coats go on more consistently. Also, StewMac makes a great brush-on clear varnish that dries slower than sprays. It leaves a very "bumpy" finish, though, and usually requires a LOT of wet sanding to smooth out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    If you are looking for a solid, durable black paint job, you should avoid the rattle cans. I'd recommend going with a automotive single stage (no clear) urethane paint. If you apply 4 to 5 light/medium coats, you will be able to color sand and buff the paint to a mirror like finish.
    I'd like to learn more about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    I'd like to learn more about this.
    Dino, you can actually use this method for clear coat urethanes as well. The key is to add an extra coat of paint (single stage or BC/CC) when spraying so you can wet sand the finish later.

    You can find an excellent description of the process, along with photos at:
    http://www.autopaintinginfo.com/cs.html

    The only change I would make for a guitar body would be to use no coarser than 2000 grit wet paper. You will end up with a finish that is comparable to a $10k auto paint job...smooth, glossy and flawless.
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