How to completely refurbish your guitar in five steps

If you are someone who loves music especially playing the guitar now might just be the perfect time to explore your artistic side! Today we are going to show you how to refurbish a guitar by giving it the makeover it deserves making it look brand new. This is not a complicated process at all, in fact, it only involves five simple steps and materials that are readily available in the nearby music store. If you’re interested, read more to find out how it is done.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Old guitar

2.      Clear guitar lacquer

3.      Tinted guitar lacquer

4.      Guitar strings

5.      Pickguard material sheet

6.      Guitar electronics

7.      Paint stripper

8.      Sanding sealer

9.      Tack cloth

10.   Sanding machine


Let’s get started with our DIY project!


Step 1:

First, you need to take all the parts of the guitar apart. Starting with the guitar strings which can easily be snipped off using a pair of scissors. Then detach the neck of the guitar by unscrewing the supporting piece that is screwed behind the guitar. Then one by one start unscrewing and pulling out all the additional attachments that are present on the guitar carefully.

Step 2:

Next, you need to spray some paint stripper on the body of the guitar that you’re left with to remove the paint so that you’re left with a clean slate to work with. Once the chemicals have worked their magic, use a sanding tool to remove the remaining paint and to get a smooth finish. You could use sandpaper to sand in the small nooks and crannies that the sanding machine cannot reach. Go over the guitar as many times as required to get the finish you desire.

Step 3:

Use a tack cloth and go over the whole body of the guitar before sealing it with a sanding sealer to prepare the guitar for the next step which is painting the guitar! Once this is done, use some tinted guitar lacquer which is of a color of your choice, and spray paint your guitar. You can even use more than one color if you wish to go a little crazy with your refurbished guitar; it’s completely up to you! Once you’re satisfied with the paint job, spray the whole body of your guitar with a clear coat to lock in the paint.

Step 4:

Now let’s work on making the pickguard. You could easily buy a replacement pickguard from the market to fit your guitar. But if you want to make your own, we’ll guide you through it. You need to buy a sheet of pickguard material and trace your existing pickguard along with all the holes for the pickups and the other fixtures. You should also mark the holes with which the pickguard was screwed on the guitar so that it’s easy for you to screw on your new pickguard without the need to make any additional drill holes. Simply use a scroll saw to cut this out once you’re satisfied with the shape. Once that is done, screw on the electronics carefully.

Step 5:

The last step is to assemble all our finished parts together. Screw on the pickguard of the guitar by using the holes we drilled in the previous step. Make sure that you have enough space for all the fixtures to fit in the guitar. Then screw the neck of the guitar back in place. And finally, wind your new guitar strings onto your newly refurbished guitar to complete the look!

Your guitar has now successfully been refurbished! Doesn’t it look amazing with the new colors and rust-free appearance? What is so unique about DIY projects is that you can customize them in any way, shape, or form that you want so let your imagination run wild. Enjoy your latest creation!

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