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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. NEW Newsletter Homepage/Updated Video Section
2. Today's Q & A: Your Questions Answered
3. Become A PYOG Affiliate
4. SPECIAL OFFERS FROM PYOG

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1. NEW Newsletter Home/Updated Video Section

Over the last month and a half, I've had some time to revamp my PYOG site - to update the Video Gallery that's available to ALL purchasers of my books, and to update the newsletter section.

From here on out, here is the HOMEPAGE for the newsletters - http://www.paintyourownguitar.com/members/index.html

For those of you who would like to visit the new video gallery, email me here for the link.

PYOG Video Gallery

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2. Today's Q & A: Your Questions Answered

2K ClearQ: I recently finished up the process of painting my own guitar using your book, and the urethane method. It's been sitting in the garage on the hook for about 2 and a half months and I check about every week but the finish is still a little soft. If I press with my nail, it will indent it. It doesn't seem to be healing very much. So my question is, does this sound right to you?

A: Nope - something went wrong.

My guess is, when you tried to activate the catalyst by pressing in the red nozzle on the bottom of the urethane can, the catalyst was not released. Unfortunately, this has been an issue on a lot of the cans - the nozzle bends, and therefore, the catalyst does not get released into the clear.

Typically, the clear should be hard in a few days - although I usually wait 2 weeks before I begin my finishing steps on the body.

To fix, I recommend sanding the existing clear with 600-grit - just to create a tooth in the finish (and make sure you dull the entire finish), and respray your clear using a new can.

Pay careful attention as to whether the red nozzle on the bottom of the can gets properly released - you'll know it cuz you'll hear a specific sound. Make sure you shake the can for a minimum of 2 minutes - to make sure that the catalyst is thoroughly mixed into the clear - prior to spraying.

 

 

Q: Hey John - I have decided to paint a guitar similar to Steve Vai's "Green Meanie" guitar. My question is do I have to drill holes in the body for the tremolo system and pickguard before I start painting or do I have to drill first. Thanks in advance.

A: I would say, drill the holes FIRST, set your guitar all up, getting it playing real good, THEN, take it apart and paint it.

If you're dropping in a Floyd Rose bridge, you can leave the sleeves that stay in the body - just mask over top of them so no paint gets in the holes.


 

 

 

See you soon...

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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