We do a lot of refinishes, and today was a day like any other, well... I got a Fender Jazzmaster on the bench I fired up the old heat gun...
The finish showed every sign of being an epoxy based, and really tough, I started sanding a little this was it got me.
WHY would you do that to a guitar! It's a really thick layer, some places over 1,5mm, on the back I finally got the heat gun and scraper going, it's going to be a huge job but I think the guitar is going to be a pound lighter after I am done with it..
wow, that is really strange and yes it does remind me of JB weld. Maybe they were trying to make the guitar a little more "metal"?? if so, they should have just bought a Jackson! (^_^)
Looks to me like it's been plated. You can metal plate wood, plastics and other materials by first painting with a conductive coating. Google search, I'm sure would turn up lots of info on this.
i had no idea something like that was even possible, and now i'm wondering why nobody's just used that layer as the actual finish?
real brushed-metal electric guitar bodies would be very striking.
It's a heavy finish looks like plating I don't know how it was done, but yes would be cool with a metal look finish..
Warwick does chrome finish http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick---Basses-Made-in-Germany--Streamer...
Ibanez has also done chrome finish..
dunno about the warwicks but as i recall the ibanez chrome satch guitars famously had a lot of finish problems.
Back in the 60s, when I was a sculpture student, glass reinforced plastic was the new exciting material. One technique was to mix metal powder with the gel coat and get a product that 'looked' like cast metal. It was called cold casting. Could spraying equipment be modified to spray finely ground aluminium powder mixed with varnish or some other resin?