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Old 05-10-2005, 04:06 AM
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Snazzin up my RG421?


I got a all plain black RG421 that'd i'd like to just slap some comic book, manga, and anime are on. Just basically take some favorite magazines and such cut out the pictures then use spray adhesive to attach everything to the body!

Just wondering how I should go about it i.e. will it be possible for me to spray clear over the whole guitar without jackin up the pics, or is using spray adhesive a bad idea? Any tips for making it look better or blending the pics? Thx everyone......
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:03 AM
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Re: Snazzin up my RG421?


If you want to do custom graphics, have them transferred to a transparency (any Kinkos can do this for you). Have them print it in reverse, so that when you place the graphic against the body, it's printed on the side that will touch the guitar. Use an adhesive that's specifically designed for mounting photos (3M makes a good one, it runs about $12 a can at most office supply stores).

Trim it so that the picture has about 1/4" of the transparency surrounding the graphic. Then, using some 600+ grit sandpaper or some 000/0000 steel wadding, rough up the area you are going to apply the graphic to. The 3M spray adhesive will not stick to a completely finished surface.

Apply the adhesive to your graphic, stick it to the guitar over the area you roughed up. Use a credit card or something to smooth out any bubbles. Be careful not to scratch the guitar in doing so. If you have any adhesive overspray or mess to clean up, a little Zippo fluid will clean it up.

Then, get a good clear coat (Lowes or Home Depot sell a couple decent sprayable clear coats) and start clear coating the decal. Deft is a good clear coat. Lightly build up coats of it - do not use any heavy coating.

That should do the trick.

-R
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