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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

Specifically, that cool JPM-1 Picasso artwork....I have never even used an airbrush, and some of the designs I've seen online look way over my capabilities....however...the JPM-1 with the Picasso artwork at least appears doable, considering each color is solid, with no tricky shading...so....I would think one thing that could make it enormously easier to have a go at, would be to have the original or even duplicates of the exact stencil (or whatever you would use) of the graphic....I have a great $70 black cheapie RG 220 that is begging to be 'upgraded'! Does anyone have experience doing this stuff? Doyou suppose one could contact Ibanez directly for the stencil,etc?

Obviously, the first step would be stripping the face down to wood I would think, and I've read the last step would be to take to an auto body detailer to spray the clear coat on.....If anyone knows of any online resources , I'd be happy to start researching this....specifically the JPM-1 graphic too.
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Re: Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

Projectguitar.com has all the tuts you need, plus universaljems.com has the Picaso decal set--so you don't need to paint it.



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Projectguitar.com has all the tuts you need, plus universaljems.com has the Picaso decal set--so you don't need to paint it.
Very cool, thanks for the info.
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Re: Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

you can make any image in your computer,print it and glued it over your sanded down guitar then clear coat it.
I did it about 8 years ago with a jackson.
Guitars are just a piece of wood so whatever you do if you don't like you can re-do it.
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you can make any image in your computer,print it and glued it over your sanded down guitar then clear coat it.
I did it about 8 years ago with a jackson.
Guitars are just a piece of wood so whatever you do if you don't like you can re-do it.
This is true, but you've got to be careful of what type of ink and paper it is. Some inks don't play nice with certain types of clear coatings



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This is true, but you've got to be careful of what type of ink and paper it is. Some inks don't play nice with certain types of clear coatings
Yep when I went to a printer shop guy asked me what kind of ink I used and what type of clear coat would be used.
It's really simple not a rockets science.
You can even print an image as a decal so you don't even have to use glue.
At that time I used white glue(wood glue).
No need to paint unless you're a painter and you really want to do it.
If not, use any internet picture,mnodify them or create your own images.
Simple as winning a Jem contest......................lol
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Re: Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

I do a lot of sublimation prints(over laminate and clear coated) and painting.
I'd stick with airbrushing/painting.

You'll learn a lot, paint colors are way more vibrant than any print and nothing beats the
pride of doing it yourself.

- Just sand it down, and apply about 4 or 5 light coats of primer sanding between coats.
- Trace out the guitar body on paper and generate your master artwork.
- Pickup some friskit film at any local hobby shop or professional paint mask at a local sign
shop(they should sell you a few feet. If not PM me.)
- The masking films are translucent so you can just trace the artwork onto the mask
using some fine tipped permanent markers. Transfer the film to the guitar and cut
out your areas one at a time, spray them and lay the piece back in to remask them.
- After you've completed all your sections, remove the mask and touchup and add detail.
- Scuff, clear and repeat. Done.

Try not to cut deep into the primer with the exacto, use acrylic paints they dry fast,
sand well and accept clear, and tack cloth your surfaces.

My two cents for what it's worth.

I'd love to hear how it goes if you decide to do it.

GL & Peace.
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Re: Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

The decals would be a cheap and easy way it looks...but...it likely wouldn't look nearly as 'right' as airbrushed...unless you had a way to make the edges invisible. I'd still like to find a template to airbrush the design.
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Re: Anyone ever try air brushing an old RG styled beater?

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I do a lot of sublimation prints(over laminate and clear coated) and painting.
I'd stick with airbrushing/painting.

You'll learn a lot, paint colors are way more vibrant than any print and nothing beats the
pride of doing it yourself.

- Just sand it down, and apply about 4 or 5 light coats of primer sanding between coats.
- Trace out the guitar body on paper and generate your master artwork.
- Pickup some friskit film at any local hobby shop or professional paint mask at a local sign
shop(they should sell you a few feet. If not PM me.)
- The masking films are translucent so you can just trace the artwork onto the mask
using some fine tipped permanent markers. Transfer the film to the guitar and cut
out your areas one at a time, spray them and lay the piece back in to remask them.
- After you've completed all your sections, remove the mask and touchup and add detail.
- Scuff, clear and repeat. Done.

Try not to cut deep into the primer with the exacto, use acrylic paints they dry fast,
sand well and accept clear, and tack cloth your surfaces.

My two cents for what it's worth.

I'd love to hear how it goes if you decide to do it.

GL & Peace.

Sorry I totally missed your post!...Now you've spelled it out clearly enough that even I should be able to follow this, hehe...I will post my results if it all pans out OK...making my buy list..., primer...can that be from a spray can? Any brand recommendations?

One question...what your describing is sanding off the curent clear coat, but leaving the paintjob (black) , right? If so, I wonder how 'right' it would look with the edges and back left as they are, but the top with new primer and clear coat at the end...I'll pm you , 'cause I have a few more questions!
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