DIY Strat – The Return of the Legend Part 7: Priming the body

Today, finally, we had some good weather allowing me to do some more work on my strat clone’s body. I had previously stripped the lacquer off using a orbital sander and then removed the colour-coat by hand with sandpaper. With a clear blue sky and gentle breeze, I got on with the process of working through the grades of sandpaper, before spraying on some primer. I managed two or three coats during the day and was left with a primed, brilliant white guitar body. Unfortunately, its still showing some scratches caused by the sandpaper, so it looks like some more time with the wet-and-dry paper is needed!

Strat body partially stripped

Strat body partially stripped

Strat body after a couple of coats of primer and a little sanding

Strat body after a couple of coats of primer and a little sanding

The last couple of photos shows the Strat body after a coat of primer and a light sanding with 400 grit paper. I really like the effect of the scuffed edges giving it that relic look – I’m now seriously considering relicing the final finish on the guitar – Is this cheating, or should I just play it every day for 20 years and wait?

Continue to Part 8

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