How to Swirl-Paint a CBG Part1
At the suggestion of ted, here's an amateur guide to swirl painting a guitar. this will be my 1st double neck build
When i painted the swirl reso, i 'dipped' the whole box - this time thought i try a different approach.
this is the swirl reso which i sanded to 600 grit then used red yellow and blue auto spray paint to build up the purple base coat.
using the spray i discovered the swirl paint devolped some small fracturing when dry, which i think is the swirl not liking spray paint.
So this time i decided to make a 3mm ply box with roughly 10mm sides constructed using screws so i could then dismantle and dip one piece at a time.
materials 1- a large container or bucket that will take the full size guitar body
2- paint. i use thin oil paints. try a google search for 'marbling paint'
3- paper towels/newspaper
4- cocktail stick for moving the paint to create a swirl
3rd step - create a swirl in the water. start by laying the paint on the water carefully, then take your cocktail stick or whatever and drag it through the colours to make a pattern
now its vital not to hang about with the paint on the water. work to getting the wood into the water soon as you can.
dip the wood slowly, moving around slightly to get the pattern you want. a paper towel is used to remove the excess paint away from the wood, then quickly pull the wood out.
before you dip another piece re-apply the paint to the water and repeat.
the paint dries in seconds but i usually wait 10min before dipping the same piece again.
using different colours repeat the above steps.
After letting the wood completly dry its time to put a protective coating on as the paint is pretty fragile. i use diamond finish varnish, you could use spray laquer but test it out 1st - i've tried it before and wasn't happy with the finish. avoid oil finish products, they may wipe out all the hard work! this is after a few coats of varnish
now for the necks. used a couple of floorboards (pretty much just using up bits and pieces of wood here).
in part 3 - shaping out the neck and thinking about a tailpiece and bridges
i literally put on the only string i had - long neck d/g/b/e strings tuned open g (d-g-b-d)
dulci neck a/b/b string tuned open a (a-e-a). the action is higher than i want so will lower it when i get some new strings for it.
wont be rushing to do another twin neck! took all the strings and tuners i had left to finish the bugger