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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Guitar Swirling/Marbling

I've been messing around with swirl painting for a little while now to make sure i get the process down pat before i dip my guitar. I have been to a few websites and searched around on these forums but i have yet to find a detailed description of the process of swirl painting. I know "basically how to do it", however im still running into a few problems.

- I primered the wood using an enamel primer. Then using "X-O Rust oil based gloss enamel", put drops of the paint into the water. The majority of the drops stay condensed but around the outer edges, there is a diluted color mixture of the paint and water? Ignoring that, (for the fact its just a test run), i dipped the peice of wood, made an exit hole, and when i took it completely out of the water, the paint started to run and the swirls ran together, and the paint started to drip off. On some parts where the paint wasnt as condensed, it seemed to stick pretty well, However the condensed parts of paint that looked lumpy and thick were running everywhere.

What am i doing wrong and can anyone offer me advice, or a complete run through of how they did theirs? Thanks in advance i really appreciate it!!!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 02:46 PM
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do this : first paint the piece like you did , when doing a guitar use urethane whit.then in room temp water put 3 quarter size drops of one color around the middle bout 12 inches apartsthen 2 quarter drops other colr last color in my experience is dominant . the drops will spread slow thats when you pull them through eachother to make the swirl pattern i dont use borax and i use testors enamel the older square bottles with the red oval not the blue oval. the wait about 1 minutes dip clear hole and hurray a swirl. clear with urethane 2 part clear any is fine. and when you clear do 3 duast coats first very light dust coats and the a wet coat let cure wetsand with ,i usa 1,000 grit wrapped around a paint stick piece and gets it pretty flat then respray 1 more time and repeat with 2,000 wet it works goo just practice.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Guitar Swirling/Marbling

Thank you for your tips and advice i will try those things... And any one else who has more tips or if they do it a different way im open to hear it, im really trying to get good at this. Thanks
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