Introduction: Paint an Acoustic Guitar

The design was inspired by some art created by Blizzard Entertainment! A guy wanted me to paint something fun on his cheapy guitar!

What you need:
-A guitar!
-Sand paper
-Painters tape/paper
-Acrylic paints
-Spray primer
-Crystal Clear enamel spray

Step 1: Step 1: Prep

1. Take off the strings and anything you don't want to take the time to cover up! (I also took off the pick guard!)

2. Sand it up to remove any clear surface so the guitar will hold the primer better

3. use paitners tape and some paper to cover things you don't want covered in primer!

Step 2: Step 2: Prime

1. Use some spray primer and cover the guitar in light passes

2. Wait to dry

3. do another coat if you're not satisfied

4. Wait to dry

5. Optional-- i used a fine sand paper at this point and dusted away any access.

Step 3: Step 3: Outline Your Design

I free-handed a fun design on the guitar using a white colored pencil.

You could use a pencil and draw on your design at this point or use stencils or whatever!

Step 4: Step 4: Painting

I combined various amounts of water with white/blue acrylic paint and washed it on the guitar.

Step 5: Final Step: Seal

After everything dries and you're satisfied with your design-- seal it up!

I used Crystal Clear Enamel to protect the guitar.

I waited for the enamel to dry between coats.

After everything dries-- take your tape off, put the strings and pick guard back on-- and voila!


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grandalf+the+grey made it!(author)2016-12-11

Hi, I noticed a couple of questions about painting the back but I can't see any answers. Is there one

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-12-12

Never tried painting the back myself but I imagine you could follow the same instructions as the front! I would do a way better job sealing up your work though! so maybe use a 2-part epoxy to seal it real good! :D

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JuliaT35 made it!(author)2016-12-03

Can I use cheap Acrylic paints or do they have to be somewhat expensive?

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-12-05

heck yes! I mean.. the super cheap ones are annoying because they're kind of watery and take extra coats but you can find some decent ones :) Just make sure you seal the crap out of your artwork afterwards to protect it :D

Cystal Clear spray enamel will work (a few coats) but if you want to get real fancy you can pick up some of that 2-part epoxy and pour it over your work and let it cure fully. just make sure you mix it right or it can mess up and be sticky forever :(

GOOD LUCK!!

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gracekitteh18 made it!(author)2016-11-23

Does painting it affect the sound?

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-11-23

I'm sorry I couldn't tell you for sure!

I *can* tell you that it sounded the same to me before and after! And it's been years and I've heard no complaints from the original owner after I finished painting it! :)

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LegitiNate404 made it!(author)2016-10-22

I just found this post and its exactly what i've been looking for! One question. About how much might all or this cost?

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-10-25

It really depends on the cost of the guitar that you find but as for the rest of the materials-- About $20 !!

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BrandonN19 made it!(author)2016-03-30

When you use the crystal clear enamel do you wetsand between coats or just spray 3 or 4 times while letting each pass dry? thanks and guitar look really cool

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-03-30

I don't and didn't sand between coats of enamel! Ive actually never tried that :) If you end up doing that-- let me know how it goes :D

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BrandonN19 made it!(author)2016-03-30

When you use the crystal clear enamel do you wetsand between coats or just spray 3 or 4 times while letting each pass dry? thanks and guitar look really cool

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DevinO3 made it!(author)2016-02-02

What grit sandpaper did you use? I'm getting an old 12 string prepped for a friend to art on :)

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2016-02-02

you know-- this was so long ago that i can't recall! BUT I would say start with a coarser sandpaper and then move to a smoother sandpaper until the shiny coating is completely removed AND its smooth enough to do your art on!

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NancyH63 made it!(author)2016-01-25

I want to also paint the back (I have an old scratched up one I want to totally repaint, it's over 20 years old but still sounds good). Would I do the same for the back? I would think so but it doesn't hurt to ask...

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NancyH63 made it!(author)2016-01-25

I want to also paint the back (I have an old scratched up one I want to totally repaint, it's over 20 years old but still sounds good). Would I do the same for the back? I would think so but it doesn't hurt to ask...

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BradK1 made it!(author)2015-04-26

On "step 4" you mentioned combining various amounts of water with White/Blue acrylic paint and "washed it on the guitar". Can you explain that process, my "art knowledge" pretty much consists of copying image files from a "Thumb/USB" drive (LAWL) to my laptop ^_^ . Also how long does it take for the acrylic paint to dry ? I was thinking of adding glitter, from another "DIY, Guitar painting" article, to the White/Blue paint combination.

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2015-05-13

So basically I added water to blue to wash out the color to make it havr leas of an opacity.. painted with it.. and then added more water to make it even more see-through and then painted that right next to it!

Acrylic dries super fast-- especially if you paint it outside like i did hehe :)

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jmacfarlane made it!(author)2015-03-18

That looks really cool.

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emilyvanleemput made it!(author)2015-02-14

This would already have been really pretty if it was just the art work, the end result is just absolutely stunning.

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2015-02-14

thank you thank you :D :D

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Thevladman made it!(author)2015-02-10

I want one

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tomatoskins made it!(author)2015-02-10

This looks great! I love how it turned out!

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KikiCraft made it!(author)2015-02-10

Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun :)

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