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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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need your help guys in obtaining info on this 'smear' finish

hi guys
havent posted here for quite a while,so do pardon me if i have posted this topic in the wrong section..all apologies in advance.

i need a big favour form u guys.i need ur help on this.i am currently doing my own custom guitar and now its in the finishing stage.
i need to ask u guys whether u have seen JAMES TYLER BURNING WATER GUITAR.have u guys seen the finish?its like a metallic smear ..any one of u knows how its done? suggestions? views?

in some ways,its like a jem swirl went out of control!!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 01:02 PM
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Strange finish - it looks to me like he's either poured something like paint stripper over the finished (painted) guitar and just scraped off some of the paint, or sanded through the paint with a power sander or grinder. Either way it looks like it's just different layers of top-coat, primer and wood showing through in different places - hard to tell exactly though without seeing it in the flesh!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 06:00 PM
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I also thought it was just parts of the finish stripped off, but then I noticed he mentioned it's metallic...
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2004, 07:47 PM
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If James Tyler himself can't remember how he did the finish, how is anyone else supposed to figure it out, other than by guessing or by trial-and-error? I think you'd need a really good look at the instrument (in person) to even hazard a guess.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-30-2004, 03:51 AM
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How about if you painted the body in metallic silver first, then that yellow, then the red, and then sanded back through the red/yellow in certain places to let the metallic show again. I think that would work, although you'd have to be careful not to sand through the metallic aswell....
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