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What kind of paint is used on Fender guitars?

Last Updated: 19th March, 2020

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For the most part, Fender used automotive paint from DuPont, Duco nitrocellulose lacquers and Lucite acrylic lacquers. The guitars obtained by the Beatles were painted in factory custom color called “Sonic Blue.” It was not a popular color with musicians at the time, and not that many were sold.

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Thereof, what finish does fender use?

Fender uses a variety of finish types on its instruments, from the original nitrocellulose lacquer finishes used so often in the company's 1950s-'60s era (and beloved of vintage guitar enthusiasts) to more modern urethane and polyester finishes.

Also Know, what are Fender guitars made of? Traditionally, Fender guitar bodies are made from a narrow range of woods, with very basic constructions (generally one or two pieces). Fender currently offer these wood options on their stock guitars, including Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, and the Precision and Jazz basses.

Secondly, what is the best finish for guitars?

Guitar Finishes

  • Lacquer. Nitrocellulose-lacquers.
  • From the beginning, wood was the natural choice for most tools and useful objects. It was plentiful, easy to work and available in all useful sizes.
  • Lacquer.
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquers.
  • Acrylic Lacquers.
  • Polyurethane Lacquers.
  • Polyester Finishes.
  • Catalyzed Lacquer.

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What type of finish is used on Gibson Guitars?

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Can you relic a poly finish?

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Is my guitar Poly or nitro?

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What is a nitrocellulose finish?

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What clear coat is used on guitars?

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What kind of finish is used on acoustic guitars?

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Can you use polyurethane on a guitar?

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Sharie Irigain

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What is the difference between acrylic and nitrocellulose lacquer?

Yes, acrylic does dry faster than nitrocellulose and I think it would be a good choice for a guitar finish. It also doesn't yellow - a plus or a minus depending on your view of relics - and produces a less brittle, more flexible finish. It is more expensive than nitro though.

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How long should you wait between coats of lacquer?

How long should I leave between coats? Drying time is affected by temperature. As a rule of thumb for nitrocellulose lacquers, apply 3 coats over a 30 minute period, then leave to dry for about 6 hours, or overnight. Then apply a further 3 coats and repeat until you have built up sufficient lacquer or paint.

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Does a guitar need a finish?

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