how do you do a swirl paint design?

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h100
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i have a strat body laying around which needs to be painted

is it possible for a noob whose only spray painted a few guits to accomplish a nice swirl finish like on the universes

and how would i go about doin that

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http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/swirled.htm

Pretty well everything you need to know to do it. Check out the forum there too for all sorts of tips.
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notavirtuoso wrote:http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/swirled.htm

Pretty well everything you need to know to do it. Check out the forum there too for all sorts of tips.
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very well explained, im gonna make my dad swirl paint my guitar when i get another :lol:
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i have been playing with swirling a guitar body and it isn't quite as cut and dry as that little walk through makes it seem .

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72158

i acutally tried again today to get it right and i havn't yet .

i have yet to find the right paint .

anyways have some money to spend on expirementing , with paints dipping peices and the right base coat.
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I suspected it wasn't quite as easy as explained. Definitely an learned art form for that kind of stuff.
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notavirtuoso wrote:I suspected it wasn't quite as easy as explained. Definitely an learned art form for that kind of stuff.
I think I remember seeing pictures somewhere out on the internet of how Ibanez did the original swirl finish.
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Check the gallery out http://www.rockingallovertheswirled.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; couple of nice strats here.
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Have a shop with dip paint facilities & booths + A,B,C?
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My thoughts are always why not buy these items by the pro's. The have all the kit. I was trained by a paint guy who use to work for ICI. Painting & finishing work/base coats are all an art form. Sure it can be done on a budget with the proper time(+ safety equipment,eye,breathing) & it is fun to see ones pride & joy come to life. Provided you have a clean air environment so no imperfections creep in. Clear coat paint reactivations are a pain. It's the waiting for the days to pass that is the killer, dry,dry! Cool if you can bake off though.

Some insights. Finishing Supplies.
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Dunno... those swirling techniques all seem to be perfectly doable by most people, with a bit of patience... but I don't know... when you see a swirl job done by one of those pros, they are just awesome. As said previously on this thread, this thing probably requires a lot of practice to look so good as seen in those Universe models.
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I tried this out but failed somewhat....... will definately try again in the future but not quite yet, gotta do some more research.
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I just swirled this beast, I got an RG that Im using as a donor Im replacing the finger board with a maple one with pyramids.
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I also swirled and built this out of parts from several RG's and an old knackered JemFP neck. The guitar plays and looks great. hope you all like it.
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Hi everyone,

those swirls are great but I just found these ones here from a germany guy. Absolutley amazing. I think I will get one asap :mrgreen: :guitar

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More pictures can be found at http://www.swirled.de

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you can see more swirls at http://www.rockingallovertheswirled.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; in the gallery section. Two different types of paints can be used giving totally different styles of swirl pattern. the green/ black swirl is done using enamel paints and the green, yellow, black and pink using a solvent based paint. The most important part is the final clear coat.
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