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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-24-2004, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Clear over Factory finish?

Last clearcoat question and I SWEAR I'll find something else to bother people about. Will the StewMac Nitrocellulose Lacquer stick to the factory finish on my beloved Ibanez guitars? Naturally, I'd rough it up a little. My goal is to airbrush over the factory finish, then clear over the artwork. Also, do I need to clear the whole body, or is it OK to just clear the top and blend the sides into the factory finish?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2004, 09:19 AM
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I don't know how the two types will mate since Ibanez uses a poly clear and Stew-mac is a nitro clear. I would suggest sanding down to just the paint and reclearing the whole thing to give better uniformity in the finishing process. If you do a search, there are a number of threads dedicated to guitar refinishing. Someone posted an entire tutorial on just how to do it.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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The problem I have is that there's airbrush work UNDER the factory clear too - it's a USAC. I don't want to sand into that! I figure'd I'd try to shoot some of StewMac's clear on an old RG body and see how well it stuck. Just applying a straight clear to an un-cleared body should be no sweat, I just wondered if anybody'd done it over a factory clearcoat. Maybe I'm the only wierd one...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 12:29 AM
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I think once the factory finish has cured, you're going to have a hard time getting another layer of clearcoat to chemically bond with the existing clear. Your best results will come from using the same kind of finish. I doubt nitro lacquer will form a successful long-term bond with polyurethane.

Jeremy from LGM could tell you at length about how important it is to have compatible finishing products.
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