I bought a new lovely-to-play half sized classical guitar but found it was very boring- looking so i decided to give it a glamorous facelift.
Step 1: Preparing the Surface
I took off the guitar strings and removed the machine heads with a screwdriver. I then sanded down the highly lacquered surface to make a 'key' so the new paint would stay on then used vinegar on cotton wool to remove an grease and dust.
Step 2: Applying the Paint and Glitter
I chose some black enamel paint for the guitar and gave it 3 coats of the paint - each coat of paint was applied 2 and a half hours apart. (I painted around the rosette as i liked it but you can buy decal sticker ones in various styles) After applying the third coat of paint i sprinkled the whole surface with a fine iridescent glitter. I put the glitter in a pepper pot to get an even finish and it stuck to the last coat of paint.
The paint i used was CarPlan smooth finish Metal Paint in Black. You have to paint quickly with enamel paint as it dries quickly so is prone to dragging.
Step 3: Making My Own Soundbox Sticker
I didn't like the look of the sticker in the hole of the sound-box so i made my own. I found a vintage image of a moth and edited it in Paint Shop, printed it on photographic paper then glued it on top of the old one.
Step 4: The Finishing
I then gave the guitar its first coat of varnish to secure the glitter and strengthen the surface. I stuck crystal gems on before the varnish had dried then the whole thing had 2 more coats I also varnished the new soundhole image. Each layer of varnish was applied with a day in between.
Step 5: Strung
When the varnish was completely dry I re-strung the guitar. Et Voilà!
The guitar looks fabulous! I'm over the moon with it and enjoy playing it all the more!