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Guitar Build – Disaster Recovery

May 1st, 2011 Posted in Guitar

I had some serious blushing issues with the paint on the back and sides of the guitar. I sprayed paint when it was raining out and it was way too humid to be doing so. What happened is that moisture in the air was trapped in the paint as the solvents in the paint evaporated quicker than the moisture could.

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I waited a few days to see what would happen and while there was a slight improvement, it was still pretty bad. The next thing I tried was to spray some lacquer thinner on, hoping that it would soften the paint and allow the moisture to escape. Again, there was a slight improvement, but not enough. Next, I wiped the body down with a lint free cloth soaked in lacquer thinner which took off a bit of paint, but more importantly solved my trapped moisture issue.

The blushing was gone, but I was left with an ugly, blotchy, uneven finish. This was okay, all I needed to do was spray some more paint. Before that I wet sanded with 2000 grit paper to get rid of some dust and lint.

Finally had a break in the weather and once my humidity meter dropped to an ok level of 55% it was time to spray colour again. This time things worked out well, and when the masking came off, I was left with this which is pretty much what I had about a week and a half ago…

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Next up is 9 or so coats of clear lacquer. I am going to patiently wait for nice dry weather for that step…lesson learned.

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