Now that I have some time on my hands, while the guitar body dries, I’ve been researching how I could have done things differently. That thinking led me to realize that I actually enjoy this and am going to build another guitar in the very near future.
The first thing that was a MAJOR slowing point was the paint / lacquer process. I must have used almost two dozen spray cans of lacquer, and this produced a very imperfect finish. Speaking with a friend, I found that I could put together a semi-professional paint sprayer setup for right around $100. Here are some pics of my new setup, and some links to the items, as purchased at Harbor Freight.
This is the setup that cost me just about $100. Details are below.
Buying an HVLP gun is important because you are able to lay a fine coat of paint / lacquer with very little air pressure (often only 10 PSI at the tip). This will help to reduce the amount of time you spend after the spray, such as in sanding and buffing.
This isn’t a very big compressor, and may be barely large enough to do the trick. It was only $64 at Harbor Freight, and they have a 90 day return policy so I figured it would be worth a shot. If it’s not large enough, I’ll have to take it back and exchange it for a larger one.
You will need some air hose, and male / female quick lock adapters also.