Pelham blue refinish, so it starts

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  1. cheshiergrin

    cheshiergrin Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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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    ha ha - yup, been there ...
     
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    This will be interesting. Nice little project!
     
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    cheshiergrin Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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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    So the weather did not cooperate for while but it is hot and dry now, spaying endless amounts of clear to get over the sparkly's. no end in sight yet.
     
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    tried to capture some of the sparkly goodness in the sun.

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    Fantastic color.. even when they fade they look great.. how many coats did you do and how will you guard against sanding through the finish on the edges.. that is always an issue to achieve the perfect flatness.. People have said a buffing wheel is the best investment they ever made.. buffer makes up for a lots of mistakes as well.. are you leaving the neck raw with Tru-oil? great job!
     
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    With gold hardware and white pickguard Pelham Blue finish is awesome.

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    cheshiergrin Well-Known Member

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    Thank you as far as how many coats I did a couple primer coats and 3 or 4 silver coats, then 5 or 6 of the blue then lost count of the clear as getting over the metal flakes seemed impossible. I am doing a wet sand to get it flat again and fix a gas bubble I got from doing too heavy of a flood coat. But I will give a couple more light clear coats after that so a billion or so coats ;). I have so much clear on it I do not see me ever sanding through an edge (knock on wood) but I am always careful around edges, I also make sure to spray a bit extra around the outside so to speak.
    And yes I will be using Tru oil on the neck as it is my favorite neck finish ever. Also I have a buffer wheel attachment I use on a drill and it is definitely the way to go for gettin it shiny.
     
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