New nitro over old...

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New nitro over old...

Postby Ron Adair » Mon May 13, 2019 7:35 pm

1st post!

My 20 year old Les Paul Custom needs a refresh/respray. The old finish is mostly good, but the lacquer is separating where the binding meets the body & neck. I know this is part of the natural aging process; as different materials settle in they tend to take the finish along for the ride.

I’m not concerned with keeping the guitar original. I want to “freshen” it up with a respray. Smooth out the wood/binding finish issue, fill dings, dents & scratches and then respray. Nothing goes through to the base color (trans wine red).

In a former life I manufactured high end overlaid jewelry & music boxes. I started my “finishing” career with lacquer & migrated to two part poly for durability. I’ve sprayed a lot, just not guitars.

I’ve got an Iwata LPH80 & was planning on using Behlen nitro. Any pitfalls of which I should be aware?

Thanks much!
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Re: New nitro over old...

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Mon May 13, 2019 8:11 pm

What kind of finish did they use 20 years ago? Not all lacquers will melt into one another.
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Re: New nitro over old...

Postby Ron Adair » Mon May 13, 2019 8:22 pm

Clay Schaeffer wrote:What kind of finish did they use 20 years ago? Not all lacquers will melt into one another.


Good point. I’ll test a spot under the pick guard.
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Re: New nitro over old...

Postby Joshua Levin-Epstein » Tue May 14, 2019 12:45 pm

You might want to leave the pickguard off in the future. Test under a tuning machine.
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Re: New nitro over old...

Postby Ron Adair » Tue May 14, 2019 2:07 pm

Joshua Levin-Epstein wrote:You might want to leave the pickguard off in the future. Test under a tuning machine.


Man, you guys are full of good ideas.

Thanks, I'll test under a tuner.
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Re: New nitro over old...

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Thu May 16, 2019 7:56 am

Good ideas often come from regrets.... "I wish I would have..." :roll:
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