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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Considering a refinish on this S420

So... I picked up this little beater (Ibanez S320) recently for stupid cheap. After throwing a decent setup into it, the guitar plays/sounds/stays in tune excellent for what it is. Thing is I'm not fussy on the weird finish Ibanez put on it. (looks like a matte black paint on bare mahogany with grain poking through everywhere).

I'm considering refinishing this thing. What would you do with it?

I might sand it down and see what the grain looks like, as far as I can tell it's a few pieces of mahogany glued together. A few ideas are floating however:

A) sand, stain it a light brown and tru-oil it
B) fill the grain with primer and color (perhaps an off white pearl) with clear
C) Cover it in dozens of beer labels I peeled off bottles from places I travelled all over the world
D) Do a satriani "Donny" type finish
E) STFU, leave it as is and get used to it

thoughts?


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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 05:54 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

I think it would look great in white, but a part of me want to see you do something crazy with it, so either the Donnie or beer labels.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

If I go with a Donnie look, I have a friend who works in graphic design who could do a possible vinyl wrap or decal version of it. It doesn't have to be pretty up close and will save a LOT of time, and if it doesn't pan out, I can remove it and try something different. Hrmmm.... think I'll send him an email.

last night I was playing on photoshop and reversed the colors (black/white) of a donnie paint job and layered it over a pic of my guitar body. It definitely looked "different". I'll post that later and see what you all think.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

I think those were great guitars. The MIK ones were slightly better than the MII ones. Many people claimed they played as well as the prestige S guitars made at the same time with the cost being much less. They were not one piece bodies, so staining may be hit or miss. You won't know until you sand that particular one down. On the plus side, the finish was very thin.
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 01:30 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Beer labels
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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 01:36 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

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Beer labels
Ditto... with bottlecaps on the volume and tone knobs.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Here's what I was playing with so far:

*edit on April 24, 2015*

scratch that idea, scroll down further into the thread

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2015, 12:58 AM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Tiger it. I Tigered my S470

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

ok, I have another idea, and think I may stick with this one. A sort of ESP kamikaze thing going on.


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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

I like the beer labels idea personally. glue them to the body and clear it...that would be unique to you...plus you drank all those bad boys.
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

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ok, I have another idea, and think I may stick with this one. A sort of ESP kamikaze thing going on.

Yeah i like it, very 80's looking.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-01-2015, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Well i lost the beer labels, can't find them anywhere, so let's scratch that idea. I'm going to stick to the above kamikaze look. I since dismantled the guitar, taped areas I didn't want painted, primed and as of today, put the first color on. Here's some progress pics:

dismantled, body was lighter than the hardware I took off.



Artic white and Torch Red are the colors I picked out.



Sanded down a bit, wiped clean and taping process started of parts I didn't want sprayed.



All taped up and ready for primer coats to fill up the grain on that crappy ibanez paint job.



Feeling a little happy after primer coat fumes? um... maybe... *yes, i used a respirator when spraying*



4 coats of arctic white covered it up well.




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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-01-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Did you seal the mahogany? It's very porous.

I had to do it on my S470 project. I didn't realize until after the first coat.

http://www.lespauled.com/lynchTiger.html
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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-02-2015, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

I used a few coats of duplicolor filler/primer. I warmed up the can by dipping it in a bucket of warm water and heated the room to about 25 degrees celcius. It seemed to fill up the grain a lot better by doing this so I didn't have to use as much primer. I can still "just" see some of the grain, but with a few coats of clear on it will hide the grain a bit more. It's hard to tell with white paint from a distance, but I knew full well going into this I wasn't going for a super smooth look. It's not as bad as I thought it would be at this point.

I kinda like the plain non shiny white look of it. So my next step is some satin clear coats.

To do the kamikaze graphics, I'm going to experiment with some vinyl wraps. I can score the material for stupid cheap from a friend who does signs and car wrap decals. If I don't like it, I can always take it off and still have a nice looking finish I won't have to sand off.
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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-10-2015, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Considering a refinish on this S320

Used a whole can of Rustoleum 2X coverage Clear coat on it this weekend. before clearing I wet sanded, the clear went on pretty good. It's a little porous looking in the right light but overall I'm happy so far. I'll try a slight wet sand to make it smoother and then buff it a little. I sanded just enough paint off neck pocket edges with some 320 to make it look like a super tight fit. neck sits perfectly.

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