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Guitar Autograph Preservation

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by king-albert, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. king-albert

    king-albert Supporting Member

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    I recently had one of my heroes autograph the tremolo cover on the back of my Strat. He used a black sharpie. What can I apply to it to preserve it from rubbing off/scratching/etc? I thought about a clear-coat or laquer but those might contain alcohol which would take off the marker, right? Come on experts! Show me the way!
     
  2. RL in Fla

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    Turn it over and put the autograph on the inside , or buy another cover and stash that one .
     
  3. Kappy

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    So who was it that signed your guitar?
     
  4. king-albert

    king-albert Supporting Member

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    Stephen Malkmus signed it. The thing is I want it on the guitar. I don't want to replace the trem cover. Any ideas?
     
  5. RL in Fla

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    You could try clear acrylic , ka . Clean around the sig with alcohol or naptha on cotton / Q-tips to make sure it adheres and then do several *light* mist coats so it doesn't run , and then do a regular coat . I did it this spray method on regular ink-jet paper and it worked fine with no bleed .
     
  6. king-albert

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    Thanks for the help RL. I'll give that a shot.
     
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    I too have a guitar signed on the back by one of the greats, Les Paul. I had Les sign with a silver, autograph pen. What can I do to protect this signiture and not destroy the guitar?
     
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    as for the trem cover autograph, i'd cover it with transparent adhesive film, because i think that lacquer would peel off.

    remember, the trem cover is flexible and the lacquer is hard...
     
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    Any advice for protecting a signature on the BODY of the guitar?
     
  10. unclej54

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    i recently purchased a can of spray clear paint that was specifically made to spray on plastic. i bought it at the local ace hardware so you might check around before you do anything..if you haven't already fixed it.
     
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    No lacquer , acrylic . ( Belushi : "No Coke !! Pepsi !! " ) :D
     
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    Thanks for all the good advice. I ended up going to the hardware store and buying a can of clear coat (matte finish). For the first two coats, I sprayed OVER (not directly on) the piece allowing the particles to rain down a nice mist of liquid onto my precious inked icon. No running or smearing occured. For the final coat I lightly sprayed a more direct stream to the piece. I am very happy with the results. Thanks again to everyone for their help.
     
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    :AOK Thazzit !

    The "on the body" sig is another story , nocti . You could PM "paintguy" and see if he's got a suggestion .

    I thought about the clear sticky too , Alder , but once it wears or scratches it would be "solvent city" to get off the adhesive , some sort of clearcoat can just be hit again .
     

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