How do I get rid of grain pattern when painting??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by zp31pilot, Feb 28, 2006.


  1. zp31pilot

    zp31pilot Guest

    I have a Gothic LP. and bought paint for it and sanded between coats as directed. I still got alot of grain. I want a stock mirror like finish. I do very well on automotive paint but this is not responding well. How do I get a mirror finish with wood. Is there a sealer that I can get??? Brad.
     
  2. tonezoneonline

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    I'm not familiar with the Gothic LP but would guess the problem is the body never was grain filled.Is it mahogany?If so ,they really need a grain filler before sealing and painting.Are you starting from bare wood or over the existing finish?
     
  3. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Since it's going to be painted, I'd start with a automotive filler/primer. One or two coats, then block sand. That should give you a flat surface for the paint.
     
  4. Stike

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    Are you spraying over the factory finish or did it get sanded back to wood? If you're starting with wood you'll need to fill the pores and spray a good sealer. Since you want as best as I can tell no evidence of wood I'd say a good epoxy primer like PPG's DP or maybe a polyester like Evercoat Feather Fill. Whatever you spray it's best to let it sit in a warm to hot dry space for a few days before you sand and continue with the job.
     
  5. littlemoon

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    If you're working from bare wood, use a filler and then a sanding sealer. There's some excellent pointers at the Guitar Reranch web site:

    http://www.reranch.com/

    I get perfect results following these instructions, and the Reranch paints and also top quality.

    littlemoon
     
  6. giles302

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    You might also want to check out this blurb from one of Jeff Miller's builds. Scroll down to the 12/3/05 entry where he has some good discussion of grain filling. Good luck!
     

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