Refinishing help required - Candy Apple Red '64 Jag PICS!

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  1. teddy boy

    teddy boy Member

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    Gents,

    I have a sweet 1964 Fender Jaguar. It has originally been Candy Apple Red, infact the headstock still is, but somebody has painted over the body with somethng that looks like Dakota Red. I would love to refinish the guitar to its original glory. Could you please help me?

    Nobody has done a C.A.R.-refin to 60's specs here in finland so I'm trying to work out how to do it properly so I can guide the luthier who will shoot the body. So could somebody please describe the process of refinishing a guitar in Candy Apple Red right from the beginning, i.e. removing the old paint etc? I am especially interested in what to use as solvents in the various stages, e.g. what to mix the silver flakes in for the first coat, can I mix the C.A.R. concentrate into nitro and is there a top coat of clear nitro? Also where are the sanding and wet sanding stages? Can the flakes be sanded?

    Please take a moment and help me out if you can.

    Here's a couple of pictures of her now! She's a great player! Never knew Jags could be so great! Love it!

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  2. teddy boy

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    Howzabouts some shots under the pickguard and in the control cavity?
     
  4. teddy boy

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    Ok, I'll try and snap some. Will that help?
     
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    My method for doing a candy finish is as follows:
    Body stripped
    Fill pores if open grained,sand smooth with appropriate grit.(Jags are usually alder and don't need filling.)
    Apply lacquer based sanding sealer,sand smooth w/600 wet or dry paper
    Apply lacquer based white primer,sand smooth w/600 wet or dry paper
    Apply lacquer based metallic gold,silver or copper basecoat.No sanding
    Apply lacquer based topcoat,clear lacquer tinted to ruby red usually w/analine dye.Coat to desired color depth.
    Apply lacquer based clear finish coats.After curing I usually wetsand from 1000-1500-2000.Final buff w/3M Finess-It II.
    If you don't have a spray rig,cans work ok.
     
  6. teddy boy

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    R13D,

    Thanks, just the info I need!
     

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