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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Creating Custom Colors... How Do I Do It?
2. Become A PYOG Affiliate
3. SPECIAL OFFERS FROM PYOG

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1. CREATING CUSTOM COLORS... HOW DO I DO IT?

Q: Hey John - I want to paint a Kamikazee but I cannot find an accurate color in a spray can to use as the tan color. Do you have any helpful tips you can give me? -- J.R., PYOG Customer

A: To create the color you need, you're going to mix two colors together to make it. That's really the only way to do it. Otherwise - you'll have to suffer with what you get straight out of the spray can.

Now, this method will only work for you if you have a good eye for color. If you don't, there's not much I can do for you. So, for this example, I'm going to use SEAFOAM GREEN, which is a color a lot of guys want to be able to paint their guitar with.

Here's how I would do it: (make sure you're wearing your mask and protective eyewear when doing this)

1. Spray the contents of a can of medium to dark green into a jar. (I use preserving jars. You can get them at LOWE's or HOME Depot)

2. Then, spray the contents of a can of white into another preserving jar. You now have a jar of a mid to dark green and a jar of white. You may want to do two cans of each color. You DON'T want to run out of your color mid-way through your coats.

3. Grab another preserving jar that's empty and start by mixing whichever color is more dominant in the color you want to mix. For example, SEAFOAM GREEN is on the lighter side, so I would start with pouring half a jar of white into the empty jar.

4. NOW THE FUN BEGINS! Grab your jar of green, but when mixing the green, go in small portions - 1 ounce or less at a time. You want to mix the green in gradually. If you don't, you may overmix and miss your color, then have to add more white to balance it, and you may not have enough white on hand.

5. When you've mixed an adequate amount of paint and you've gotten a color that's close, WELL DONE!

6. To spray this color on your guitar body, you're going to use a Preval Sprayer. This is available at pretty much any hardware store. Mix your final color into the jar you get with the Preval Sprayer. Screw it on and you're ready to go!

 

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Where this mixing trick is good is if you wanted to do a camouflage design using all gray colors - as seen above. You would mix your mid-gray base color first, then, add some white to it to spray your second lighter gray color. On top of that may go an even lighter shade of gray, followed by black - or a dark gray.

There you have it - CUSTOM COLORS.

Problem solved.

 

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John Gleneicki
Author - The PaintYourOwnGuitar.com Book Series
Email: questions@paintyourownguitar.com
AOL IM: paintyourownaxe

John Gleneicki has been painting guitars professionally for over 25 years.
He's a former Guitar WORLD Columnist and has also done
custom airbrush work for such companies as ESP Guitars.

 

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