Pelham blue refinish, so it starts

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  1. cheshiergrin

    cheshiergrin Active Member

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    Well actually Maui blue, but very close to Pelham. This guitar was a rescue and the finish was hammered and I have been debating what to do with it for a long time. I sanded the front to bare wood and finished it with Tru oil but never really cared for it that way. Most of the sanding is done and then a bit of prep and off we go. The neck will get a Tru oil finish on it as I do not like nitro finished necks anyway.
    last night it looked like this


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    Today like this
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    cheshiergrin Active Member

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    Sprayed some de waxed shellac to seal the body.
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    Interesting thread.

    Looking forward to the progress.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I' ve got a Pelham blue Les Paul Jr, a great guitar but I got tired of this finish. I prefer ebony and cream plain colors.

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    tolm Well-Known Member

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    Oil finish looked pretty darned cool to me but, yeh, Pelham Blue ... what’s not to love about that plan?!!
     
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    Nice. I am looking forward to see the result.
    I have a Pelham Blue SG and I love it. First I also feared that I could get tired of the finish soon... Didn't happen. Actually every day I like it a bit more. I often catch myself looking at it in awe as it hangs on the wall.
     
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    tolm Well-Known Member

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    ha ha - yup, been there ...
     
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    This will be interesting. Nice little project!
     
  9. cheshiergrin

    cheshiergrin Active Member

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    Primed and a silver base coat on, now it will sit for a week or so as the blue makes it way on the great amazonian trek.

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    cheshiergrin Active Member

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    color on, I dig it alot

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    Nice. Why does it need the silver base coat. Is the blue in any way transparent ?
     
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    Not a big fan of Pelham blue but I have to say, this looks like it's gonna be bitchin.
     
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    Not uncommon way to do metalics. Gives more depth than straight from a can, I've found.
     
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    cheshiergrin Active Member

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    Thank you, and no the blue is not transparent. It does not need a silver base per say but like Von trap said it just gives the mettalic an extra push so to speak. And after thinking you have sanded enough, spray a coat of silver down and find how much work is yet to be done. Silver shows the flaws really well. The first coat I put down I about sanded clean off and did a bit more prep.
     
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    Ah !
     
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