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2006 Gibson Thunderbird:Fisrt Post, First Time Refinisher..

 
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bylar13



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:09 am    Post subject: 2006 Gibson Thunderbird:Fisrt Post, First Time Refinisher.. Reply with quote

I have a stock, 2006 Gibson Thunderbird bass. It is in great shape, no dents, scratches or ding. I was thinking about refinishing it a solid color, Pelham blue or Inverness green and rebuilding with chrome(rather than the stock black) hardware.

I have experience painting other things (bikes, cars etc.) but my questions are as follows (any help would be appreciated!);

1. Does the guitar have to be completely stripped or can I sand the existing nitro finish and then apply the new prime/color/clear?

2. If it does need to be stripped, given its a refinish, would it need a coat of grain filler or has that already been taken care of by the original finishing process?

3. Rule of thumb: How many coats of clear are used to finish?

4. Rule of thumb: How many coats of color? Any validity to the paint changing the tone of the guitar?

Thanks!
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SGjmill



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. No, It doesn't. You can sand it and start from there. All depends what youre trying to accomplish.
2. It was already filled at the factory. The factory finish is smooth correct? So unless you do something really crazy you should be able to skip grainfilling.
3. I personally do 3-5. Everyone has a different technique and sprays lighter/heavier. I feel comfortable after Ive used a can of clear on the project.
4.I personally only do enough color to make it look consistent then go to clear.

As far as the validity of changing the sound question, if it does change it any, you or I probably couldn't tell the difference. I wouldn't worry about it.
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