Due to the lack of stretch of the material, this is best applied to flat-backed guitars and basses and not guitars or basses that have an arched or curved back. However as the material is so cheap and leaves zero residue when removed, experimentation never hurt.
Please Note: that this film is rather flexible. While being quite scratch-resistant, it will not protect against heavy dents.
Step 1: Things You Will Need
- LCD Screen Protector Guard Film
- Masking Tape
As I was unable to find a large bulk sheet for the screen protector, the best price for the size I could find for screen protector film was five 10" sheets on eBay for $4.99. By all means you don't have to use specifically this size. Any size of material should work and I would imagine the larger the sheet the better. Keep in mind that the key thing I was also looking for was that these screens DID NOT have holes for any cameras or buttons for the Tablets that they were originally intended.
Note: if you have never applied screen protective film, it is HIGHLY recommended that you get familiar with the process, as this Instructable will not go into that subject in too much depth. Go here for more on screen application.
Step 2: Layout and Tape
With the removable protective films still on the scratch film, aligning them on the back to what works best with the most coverage.
If your film has helpful pull-tabs for the cover film, be sure to keep those in areas that will not be cut. Although it is not terribly hard to remove the cover film from the protective film, they are quite handy. You can see how I kept mine primarily in areas that are not to be cut away.
Getting the edges lined up, and the sheets straight, start using the masking tape to hold the sheets in place to the body of the guitar and to keep them from slipping around when it comes time to trace the contours of the body.
The third picture shows three pieces of tape labelled "R". These are registration marks (alignment marks) that I made so I could remember where the sheets are supposed to go after I trace and cut them.
Step 3: Trace and Cut
Remove the tape holding the film to the body. If you used registration marks, obviously leave those on the body so you know where to put the pieces after cutting.
On a separate work space, cut out your films.
Step 4: Application
The key thing here is to get the screens re-aligned with your registration marks.
My application wasn't terribly perfect and I had a few bubbles, which I will address in the next step.
Step 5: Clean Up and Trim
Look around for any edges that are not sticking to the body. I had a few that were just barely over the beveled edge. Just simply pull up the film enough to get your scissors under it and trim the excess. These raised edges can get caught on clothes and pull the film off.
(apologies for the second pic being so blurry)