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Posted: Feb 28, 2009 2:15 pm
i just scored a '65 firebird nonreverse for cheap and it needs some love in the finish dept. i removed what was left of the paint and got it down to the wood and i really would like to keep it natural than the original frost blue. any suggestions for an inexpensive natural finish? i heard any sort of oil is bad in case you want to paint it later. thanks
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 3:25 pm
No you didn't. The "frost blue" is pelham blue, a custom color option. The guitar is worth about half of it's value now.
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 4:17 pm
99% of the finish was already removed (even after a previous owner thought it would look cool in alpine white). thats why i got it for 600.00. pelham and frost are two different colors though according to this site. http://www.provide.net/~cfh/gibsonc.html yeah, i cant believe why someone would even fuck with the finish on something like this.
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 7:12 pm
If the damage is already done, and you wanna keep the natural wood color, you should just shoot it with a Lacquer clear coat. If you wanna paint it a different color later, you'll have to re-strip it and start over, but if you oil it up, you won't ever be able to get a good coat of paint on it.
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 8:04 pm
yeah, it was definitely well beyond anything restorable. it will never be an investment piece because of the finish plus the pick ups are duncan antiquity p90's but it will be a great player. i may have it repainted to the original color someday so i just want to leave it the way it is for now plus it looks pretty cool in mahogany. i will throw a coat of lacquer on it and call it good for now. thanks
Posted: Mar 2, 2009 10:03 pm
If you put oil paint on it, you could still always sand it away so that the wood once again accepts paint.
Posted: Mar 2, 2009 10:30 pm

These people there know an absolute shit-tonne about refinishing the right way. Go read some stuff and make sure you don't put anything on that's going to hinder a "restoration" style refinish later down the road. You might not see yourself ever caring enough to do it, but the next owner might. They aren't making '65 Firebirds anymore, y'know...
Posted: Mar 2, 2009 10:32 pm

This is part of the Telecaster discussion board, but a lot of the techniques should be applicable.
Posted: Mar 2, 2009 10:43 pm
I've got a lot of old guitar catalogs somewhere, and i remember the Firebird chart "...and the showmanship of custom color" being neat because of the paint samples glued to the page.

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