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Two questions...I`m just wondering how you guys clear over enamel after doing a swirl? I need to know before I decide what paints to use. So far I`m thinking Testors, but I also have some Tremclad mixed to the colours that I like and it worked well on some test pieces.If I cant clear over oil base enamel such as these paints, do automotive paints work to swirl? I know I wont have trouble with the clear this way. Or is there another option for clear other than automotive? Three questions i guess...Thanks! Chops.
Well, the general rule is to match the type of clearcoat to the type of finish. So if you"ve used enamel paint, get a clear gloss enamel. Simple, right, or am I missing something?PeaceMike
Well, the general rule is to match the type of clearcoat to the type of finish. So if you"ve used enamel paint, get a clear gloss enamel. Simple, right, or am I missing something?PeaceMike
Cool, I found some oil base clear last night, Tremclad, I didn`t even know there was such a thing. It`s in a rattle can tho, I`d rather run it thru a gun....Thanks Mike!Chops
You can use a 2k poly clear, make sure you lightly dust the first few coats on, leave about 10 - 15 min between coats. once its covered then you can start caking it on.
You can use a 2k poly clear, make sure you lightly dust the first few coats on, leave about 10 - 15 min between coats. once its covered then you can start caking it on.
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You can use a 2k poly clear, make sure you lightly dust the first few coats on, leave about 10 - 15 min between coats. once its covered then you can start caking it on.
Wow if I can get mine to turn out this nice with Krylon, it might be worth a shot!!!Check out the picture of the blue one.http://www.dearteassociazione.org/forums/f21/uv-top-coat-117291.html?highlight=DIY+painting
that would be mine LOL, and Krylon Fusion is the bomb just dust the first few coats then your all clear for building it up, I use about 3 cans for a guitar body
that would be mine LOL, and Krylon Fusion is the bomb just dust the first few coats then your all clear for building it up, I use about 3 cans for a guitar body
Too funny! Well thanks for that! 3 cans is about what I figured. Good job man! I`ll be using Humbrol for my swirl, with the Krylon Fusion work for this?Thanks!
I wouldnt throw any Clear on Enamel if it was less than 12 months old.Fully cured Enamel can be cleared with ACRYLIC only.Thanks.
not true at all, you can also clear with Lacquer. Just got to mist the first few coats. painters tip L. E. A.Lacquer Enamel Acrylicyou can put Lacquer on Enamel with no issuesyou can put Lacquer on Enamel and Acrylic with no issuesyou cant put Acrylic or Enamel on Lacquer etc best tip anyone has ever given me. LEA remember it..
I have thrown Acrylic Lacquer over fully cured Enamel for over 20 years.Not one single reaction.Like the idea of the LEA though.
I"m resurrecting this thread because I"m getting ready to pull the trigger and finally attempt a guitar build this summer. I consult the google for research, and where does it point me? Right back here, where I may have just answered my own question regarding enamel paints . . . two years ago. Turns out if you search for "enamel paint guitar," well, here we are on the first page of results returned by google. Laughing and shaking my head at the irony.
I tried to do a swirl with Testor paint an it didn"t work. After, I went on the internetz and found that Testors are not recommended for swirls.
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Testors are crap for swirls... Humbrols work pretty well, One Shot Flouros work pretty good, but you"ll need to experiment with whatever you chose. Do not use Krylon Fusion clear it looks good going on and for a little while after, but the 2 guitars I cleared with it started to flake and crack after about 6 months...If you don"t have a gun Spraymax 2k clear is what you want and 2 cans will build enough for a swirl to come out flat. It can be a little pricey, but if you want good end results don"t try to skimp out...
I don"t want to do a swirl; I want to mask off areas with tape and use some spray paint to create a graphic image. I used Testors enamels to build models of cars, ships, rockets, etc. when I was a boy. I"ve gotten beautiful glossy results with their products. Researching my project I"ve come across lots of people saying that enamel takes forever to cure. But like I said, painting my models didn"t give me that experience. Once a coat dried (couple of hours to days depending on temp. and humidity), it was hard and ready to be sanded and accept the next coat. So my experience with this paint on models isn"t what others are reporting on their project guitars and I"m scratching my head.
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I don"t want to do a swirl; I want to mask off areas with tape and use some spray paint to create a graphic image.I used Testors enamels to build models of cars, ships, rockets, etc. when I was a boy. I"ve gotten beautiful glossy results with their products. Researching my project I"ve come across lots of people saying that enamel takes forever to cure. But like I said, painting my models didn"t give me that experience. Once a coat dried (couple of hours to days depending on temp. and humidity), it was hard and ready to be sanded and accept the next coat.So my experience with this paint on models isn"t what others are reporting on their project guitars and I"m scratching my head.

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It has nothing to do with curing, it"s that it runs and gobs up when you use it to swirl with. That"s different than brushing it on, if you want to use it for what you"re talking about, there"s no reason why you can"t use it and then clear over it with a good 2k clear...
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