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Painted body with copper-tape lined recesses
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Initially tailored to imitate a classic look, as seen on vintage violins, Sunburst is a stunning guitar color commonly found on both old and modern electric guitars. It’s a highly popular guitar finish, but is it achievable for inexperienced individuals? It is possible to achieve a sunburst finish on your instrument if you follow a few procedures, take your time, and don’t rush. It’s advisable to practice some of the techniques first by using a discarded piece of wood before attempting it on a guitar.

If you have a new guitar kit, begin by assembling your guitar. Of course, you will be disassembling it later to work on the finish, but it’s important to ensure that you won’t encounter any issues with the guitar that could risk the finish you’ve put so much effort into. Once you have assembled the guitar and checked for any potential problems, start preparing the wood. Sand it until you achieve a completely smooth finish to work with. Finally, remove any excess dust and thoroughly clean the guitar.

Next, apply some wood grain filler. Apply it evenly across the surface of the guitar and work it in. Once it has dried, remove the excess with a damp cloth. Then it’s time to paint the back and sides of the guitar. It’s crucial to always cover the body and neck area. Before you begin using aerosol paint or lacquer, it’s a good idea to warm them in hot water. Apply several coats gradually; don’t try to apply too much at once. The key is to build up the layers of guitar color and apply from a fair distance to achieve a soft edge. The closer you get, the more defined the edge line will be.

Next, apply the amber lacquer. Mask the sides of the guitar and place it on a clean workbench facing upwards. Once you’ve completed this step, apply a clear coat and sand between coats to address any potential issues. Then proceed with the next dark stain to create a transition of color between the edge and internal gradations. Apply the stain thinly and build up the necessary coats. At this point, it’s best to let the lacquer dry. Once the guitar is completely dry, focus on sanding it once again.

This is the final detail. The trick here is to use a lighter grade of sandpaper each time, gradually removing the marks from the previous grade, and eventually moving to a finer grade. Keep sanding gently, changing to a lighter grade until you run out of sandpaper, and then you can move on to using a buffer. At this stage, you can continue buffing or hand polishing until you are satisfied with the final look.

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