Can you paint the body of a guitar?
Yes, you can paint on a guitar. However, it’s not as simple as painting straight onto the existing surface of the guitar because the guitar is already painted and sealed, so these existing layers need to be removed first.
Can you paint a guitar without taking it apart?
So yes, you can paint a guitar without removing the electronics. The wires are usually long enough to lift the electronics outside of the body to get them out of the way. Now if you want a good finish, you need to remove them.
Do you have to sand a guitar before painting it?
Paints will adhere properly to a properly prepped surface. 99% of the work in doing a good job on any refinishing is definitely the prep work. Don’t skimp. If you don’t sand the whole surface evenly, it’ll look uneven and the paint may peel off where you haven’t sanded.
How hard is it to paint a guitar body?
Painting a guitar isn’t difficult. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more sanding than painting. Use precaution when working with flammable and hazardous materials, and use a respirator when sanding. If you make a mistake, nothing in the world of finishing is permanent, just sand it out and start again.
Can I paint my guitar with acrylic?
Definitely yes! Acrylic paint can be safely used on acoustic and electric guitars. However, you will need to follow the proper steps in order to ensure that the paint on your guitar lasts a long time. Painting your guitar with acrylic paint isn’t something that should be done without prior preparation.
Can you paint over guitar finish?
You can decide to either sand away the finish completely, or you can rough up the finish that’s already on the guitar to put on a fresh coat of paint that’s going to stick to the instrument. Keep in mind that a lot of guitar builders agree that a thick coat of paint or finish will tonally diminish your instrument.