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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Repaint ideas

I've got a old MIM Fender Stratocaster that I had a small accident with some time back and put a real nice crack in the clear. Since it's not a very valuable guitar and has this blem i'm going to refinish and looking for ideas.

The guitar is currently black with white pickguard and rosewood board, which looks nice but I've been looking at it this way for so long it's time for a change and something a little more exciting (no offense black guitar owners . Some time back i refinished an RG565 in candy apple red and it came out very nice and i was thinking of doing this color. It's actually VERY close to Ibanez Candy Apple like you would see on a 565 or JS1200...i didn't finish the headstock on this guitar and you can see how well it matches. If I do it this color, i'm leaning towards a black pickguard instead of the white. What do you think?

Any other color ideas besides the CA red? It will need to be something relatively simple as i don't have a gun and don't have the skills for art work, bursts, etc, etc.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 03:53 PM
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Re: Repaint ideas

Do you have any color preferences besides red based colors?
I always liked Jewel Blue , or, a translucent jobby in blue or violet. I like greens as well, but always thought a maple fretboard looked nicer with green.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 07:50 AM
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Re: Repaint ideas

Its hard to go wrong with seafoam for a strat.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 12:14 PM
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Re: Repaint ideas

You could do a simple pattern, something like racing strips are easy to do.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 02:26 PM
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Re: Repaint ideas

What paint did you use for the Candy Apple Red there? It looks great!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Repaint ideas

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What paint did you use for the Candy Apple Red there? It looks great!
Go to your local Sherwin Williams automotive paint store; SW has a line of paint called "Planet Color". I went there with a CA red body and the one that looked the closest to me was PCST18 (which is what i ended up using). There were several that were was really splitting hairs and i'm sure a bunch of them would have been equally as nice. I don't have a gun so i had them load into aerosol cans for me. These are all tri stage paints so you'll need to buy a can of base, a can of color and clear coat (i used SprayMax 2k).

FWIW i left the original CA paint on the headstock and the match good enough that you really couldn't tell the difference. PCST13 or 17 would have been nice too.

Here's the palate.

and the finished product

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