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    Default FINALLY striped my USA Wolfgang Stealth!

    Inspired by this photo (which is the only photo Iíve ever seen of this guitar):



    Itís not a perfect replica, but I love how it turned out! Here she is:





    Hereís a few ďprogressĒ pics...

    Testing my stripe buffing process on the back of the guitar (I had already done the backplate stripes a few years ago):



    This amused me - invisible guitar (Lol):



    The first few stripes... point of no return:



    Thatís all folks!

    I have wanted to this to my Stealth ever since I saw that photo of Edís striped Stealth. Iím not exactly sure how his was striped, probably clear coat sprayed?

    I used green compound (the stuff you use on a leather strop for knife sharpening) to start, then finished with Maguiarís Ultimate Compound. Oh yeah, and LOTS of elbow grease. And beer. Lots of beer. Lol.

    Whole thing took me about eight hours. It surprised me how long it took the matte finish to shine up. Totally worth it, though. I love it!
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    That looks kick ass
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    Nice Job!

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    That looks badass! I never knew Ed had that striped stealth either.

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    Thatís pretty freaking awesome dude. I have a matte black Les Paul copy. Maybe Iíll do that to it.

    What did you reverse mask each stripe and then rub the compound on with a rag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Thatís pretty freaking awesome dude. I have a matte black Les Paul copy. Maybe Iíll do that to it.

    What did you reverse mask each stripe and then rub the compound on with a rag?
    Thanks! Yes indeed - reverse masked each stripe and then rubbed away!

    Edit: You can see all the overlap that happens at the intersection of the lines doing it this way, but I kind of dig the ďtransparentĒ look it gives the stripes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    Nice Job!
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    That looks badass! I never knew Ed had that striped stealth either.
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    That looks kick ass
    Thanks guys!!
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    Great work man!

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    Wow! I don't think it coulda turned out any better.

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    Iím going to give this a shot on my LP copy. I bought the stuff on Amazon. Weíll see if I can make mine look anywhere near as good as this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Iím going to give this a shot on my LP copy. I bought the stuff on Amazon. Weíll see if I can make mine look anywhere near as good as this one.
    Yes! Keep us posted my friend

    One thing I found is that using paper towel to apply the Maguiars Ultimate Compound, and then a clean dry paper towel to buff it off worked really good. You can start hearing a nice squeak as the matte finish starts to get good and polished with the paper towel. I would just keep rubbing until the squeaking got obnoxious, then Iíd apply more and do it again until it was obvious that the finish wasnít going to get any shinier.

    Good luck!
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    So I did one stripe so far and yeah it looks like it works. Just have to rub a lot with the Meguiars. Looks cool already even with just one stripe!
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    Just a shot of a couple lines. Pretty cool.
    There is some tape residue on there I have to clean off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Just a shot of a couple lines. Pretty cool.
    There is some tape residue on there I have to clean off.

    Use a nice soft micro fiber rag to get the tape lines off. Thatís what I did

    Looks fuckiní great so far!!
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    So Iím done. I just wanted to do the front. Came out pretty cool. Hard to get a really good shot of it because of the light in my living room but you get an idea here.

    Awesome idea VH thanks for the info!

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