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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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spray painting over existing finish?

so, i got this pretty well beat-up ibanez RG470 from ****..
i guess i'm slowly becoming people in this forum... getting more and more ibanezes...
anyways, the sound and neck is near perfect thanks to V7 & V8 & S1 pickups... but the body finishes on side and back are worn out like crazy...
so i want to part everything, and just repaint the body into a glossy black..
i was thinking about getting some spray paint from homedepot, and just spray over the body, then spray a sealer..
before i do that, should i take off existing finishes with sandpaper? or just spray over existing finish to save time?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 05:54 PM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

I'd definitely sand everything off first... It's tough and it will take a while but it will turn out MUCH better. Look up some tutorials online on how to properly paint a guitar.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 06:44 PM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

The finish has to be essentially flawless to just do a scuff sand and even then I wouldn't recommend it.

Sand the old finish off and start from stratch.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 07:13 PM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

Yeah from what you describe it sounds like you should get the old finish off - everything will need to be perfectly level and smooth before you paint, otherwise it'll show through.

If you go down to wood, I'd also recommend a black primer coat, then flat black paint, then a clear glosscoat.. Flat black is so much easier to work with than gloss, and dries much faster. Then topcoat with clear when you've got it right. And my biggest tip, shake the rattle cans really well and make sure they're not too cold.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 08:00 PM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

I rattlecanned my "SOULMACHINE" twice; once with chameleon color changing paint designed for automotive use, and again with 4 different colors of blue for a riteous blue burst (again, all designed for automotive use) + 3 coats of clear. Definitely sand and use primer. It wont look as amazing as a factory finish, it will look like a spray finish, but you can make it look dang cool nonetheless. Also make sure to clearcoar it.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 08:57 AM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

If you want it to look good, wet sanding is a must. And thats not a 30 min job, I have hours in wet sanding the ones Ive done. Then rubbing compound and wax, a buffer makes it soooo much easier as well.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 09:14 AM
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

You can try a heat gun to remove the old finish or simply sand it all off.

At the VERY LEAST you have to sand the cracked paint parts to eliminate the "cracked" appearance at the edges, put some primer on it, sand it back to smooth the edges and then paint over.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2010, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Re: spray painting over existing finish?

Wow... thanks guys.. I was about to make a biggest mistake if I didn't ask first...
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