Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland Oregon
Re: How can I save an autograph?
NEVER PAINT CLEAR ON AN AUTOGRAPH!!!!!
The guitar was sanded down to a spec 'prep grit' and then signed. This way the entire guitar can be clear coated. (*this is the best way as the signature is under the clear). Also it is best if they sign with a paint pen. I have seen instances where signatures melt due to the solvents in the clear. If you attempt to clear just one part, you will have gross transition lines where one clear goes to another clear.....always looks stupid.
If you attempt to clear over an un prepped surface it will not adhere properly and peal, destroying the sig..
The 3m clear film is not the worst idea....BUT....the film itself can get damaged.
-if the film gets damaged you will not be able to remove it without damaging the sig unless you get balls lucky. That being said if the film is cared for it is a very good option.
A better option is to get a piece of 1/32" lexan plastic and put over the sig. This is very like the the same concept of glass over a painting. Basically it will add a tiny (and I mean tiny, about the thickness of 4 sheets of paper) amount of thickness to the cover and can be retained with the cover screws, and if the same size as the cover, you would never know it was there. If you get it scratched up its only a matter of replacing the thin plastic; the signature and guitar under will be as good as new.
If the sig is in the front again ultra thin lexan or acrylic can be placed over the sig and retained with screws, tiny dabs of silicone adhesive or even clear VHB 2X (<best option). If the protective cover needs to be removed it can be done without damaging the guitar or sig.
Last edited by worldrecordholder; 02-23-2013 at 10:01 PM.