Les Paul Gold Top Gold, plus SG Cherry trans red...

KelvinS1965

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I bought a tin of nitro 'Les Paul Gold Top Gold' a while back as I had a plan to refinish my 60s Tribute Gold Top with a gloss finish. In the end I changed my mind as the satin finish is starting to wear nicely and I like the look/feel. It sat in my cupboard for a year or more...fast forward to a refinish on a Fender Jaguar that came in 3 tone sunburst poly. I decided to use the Gold top gold under a transparent red (actually intended for SG Cherry finish) to create a sort of Candy Apple red.

I think it's turned out OK and seems to have that 'iridescent' effect under bright light, that should come out more once I do the final buffing when the nitro has fully hardened.

This was how it started:
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Jaguar in 'Gold Top gold'
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2 coats of 'SG Cherry' red transparent nitro:
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Did a little bit of buffing on the edges tonight, after 3-4 coats of clear on the previous finish:
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I guess that a lot of 60s guitars were finished with car colours, but it amused me that I got a 'classic' Fender colour by using Gibson colours. :)
 

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Had chance to give the back and front a buff, will probably give it another buff after I've left it to harden a bit more, then I'll re-assemble it.

This is a 'Parchment' pickguard that I put on after I made some changes a while back when I converted it from SH config to SS.

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This was how it looked back when I bought it last September; it's a bit different now. :)
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I used some fine micromesh to wet sand the front today, then another buff to get a really glassy finish. Hard to photograph though, but it's absolutely gleaming now. I painted the cavities with conductive paint and re-fitted the trem/bridge plate and strap buttons. I've got it hanging from the strap in the garage now during the current hot UK weather just to let it harden off a bit more before I re-assemble it later this week. :)

After the micromesh and buffing, nice reflections on the top right of the picture:
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After the conductive paint and refitted the trem/bridge:

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Wow that looks awesome! How did you strip the original finish? I'm getting ready to go mano a mano with a pretty thick poly finish myself.
 

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Wow that looks awesome! How did you strip the original finish? I'm getting ready to go mano a mano with a pretty thick poly finish myself.
I used a heat gun and a metal scraper to remove the poly finish. Hence some of the scorch marks on the bare body on the very top picture. Took me about an hour, then a bit more for sanding it smooth.
 

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Did a second coat of conductive paint and a little buff, left it hanging up in the garage for another few days to harden more so I can re-assemble it on Wednesday night hopefully, ready for band rehearsals on Friday night.

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