It took three attempts to get the paint job halfway decent (and 10 seconds to ruin it again, more on this later). My two first attempt at painting the body was using paint from a spray can. The finish looked decent.
The paint did not run particularly and settled in a somewhat glossy finish, which I then sanded down to grit 2000, and buffed it out (sorry no pictures). The only problem was, that when I restrung the guitar the treble was ruined. The semi-rubber like consistency of the paint job, completely absorbed all the crisp notes, that I had experienced previously. This could only mean one thing… the paint had to go -> Yes indeed more sanding.
This time I used a sander in order to get a more even surface.. and because I wanted to speed things up. There were some minute dips in the cellulose lacquer where I couldn’t get the paint job off, without going through the cellulose lacquer layer, so I left it on the guitar as a filler.
After the sanding the guitar looked like this.
When I had put the electronics in the first time, there was a significant humm from the amp, that was caused by the guitar not having sufficient shielding, so I got a hold of some shielding foil. and filled the pickup cavities and the control pocket, making sure to connect each pocket with a common ground wire.
Then it was off to the basement to paint the sucker.
For this I went all out, and bought myself a compressor (every man should have one) and a spray gun. these were necessary as I intended to use car paint for the finish, as I wanted the paint to e as crisp as possible in order to avoid the loss of the higher nuances of the tones I experienced previously.
The guitar got two coats of paint with a bit of sanding in between, then it looked like this.
Unfortunately I didn’t buy a water separator for the compressor so water droplets would cause small dimples in the paint job, that needed to be covered. I managed to drop the body during one of these covering sessions and therefore it has a scar on the left side, and couple on the side facing to the right (I could kick myself!).
Since it would take quite a bit of work to solve this issue, I decided to proceed to testing the guitar as an instrument.