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    Hey fellas, I'm experimenting with dazzle camo on one of my guitars and I was wondering if any of y'all had ideas for how would be best to apply it. Currently the plan is to paint it white, tape over it, then paint it black, but one of the issues I have is about how to do the part circled in red:

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    How exactly would I do that? I was thinking of cutting the tape along a straight edge, but I don’t want to damage the paint underneath.

    Also, any advice for enhancing the forced perspective effect of the dazzle camo?
    If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
    every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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    Re: Dazzle Camo

    the new paint will fill in the tiny cuts if you go too deep
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    • #3
      Re: Dazzle Camo

      personally I would print a complete stencil of the pattern for each facet of the guitar so that the white area connect to the larger stencil just off the guitar -adhere with a low tack temp adhesive to paint it black
      “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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      • #4
        Re: Dazzle Camo

        I was considering a stencil, but I don’t know how I'd make the edges line up given that the guitar has some awkward contouring around the edges.

        Tape should work, but I'll take some time and effort to get it right.
        If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
        every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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        • #5
          Re: Dazzle Camo

          This sounds like I'm teasing but I'm not: have you considered getting the body wrapped instead?

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          • #6
            Re: Dazzle Camo

            Originally posted by Dave Locher View Post
            This sounds like I'm teasing but I'm not: have you considered getting the body wrapped instead?
            I think this idea is going to take off. You could do so much more with body wraps than you can do with paint.
            Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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            • #7
              Re: Dazzle Camo

              I thought about a wrap just to save the time, but it ends up costing $120 bucks to do it all as opposed to $0 for the paint that I already have.
              If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
              every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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              • #8
                Re: Dazzle Camo

                In that case, start masking!
                If low-buck is the goal, maybe consider black pinstripe tape over white paint? Just don't use electrical tape, it can get gummy after a while but the pinstripe tape you buy at an Autozone lasts for years no problem.

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                • #9
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                  It's not that I'm being cheap, it's just I don't want to spend 5 times as much on an aesthetic if I can do as good, if not better, using stuff I already have on hand.
                  If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
                  every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dazzle Camo

                    I didn't say cheap, I said "low-buck." I am always in favor of doing things DIY and/or low buck when possible!

                    Seriously, a roll of lack pinstripe tape placed over a white finish might be just the ticket. The decent quality stuff doesn't move or get gummy once it is on. Would 1/4" do it? That's pretty easy to find.

                    It will be difficult, though, to get all those lines parallel no matter how you do it. Random is a lot easier to pull off!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dazzle Camo

                      Originally posted by Dave Locher View Post
                      This sounds like I'm teasing but I'm not: have you considered getting the body wrapped instead?
                      how durable are those? do they look pro? can you tell upon a close inspection?
                      “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dazzle Camo

                        I forgot about this thread. A few days ago I finished the test run on a cheap plywood body I had laying around:

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                        The "proof of concept" definitely shows that it works, but now is the question of what guitar to put it on. I've mostly been keeping my paint work to cheaper sub-$100 guitars, but I might try to do it next on a mid-tier guitar. I think a Firebird with dazzle camo and a trans pickguard would be cool.
                        If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
                        every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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                        • #13
                          Re: Dazzle Camo

                          Well, you did it right.
                          Next time maybe work in some iridescent.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Dazzle Camo

                            This sounds like I'm teasing but I'm not: have you considered getting the body wrapped instead?

                            Anyone remember Gitards guitar covers from back in the 80's? They were guitar wraps made of spandex that attached via strips of Velcro. They were available to fit many shapes of guitars, and of course - in a variety of prints. The company was started by a dancer who made her own leotards, and her guitar playing boyfriend (as a joke) asked her to make some covers for his guitar so he could change them every set. Spandex was big in the 80's, so it was perfect for the MTV metal bands.

                            They were a big hit in the marketplace for awhile, advertising in Guitar Player mags, and even exhibiting at NAMM shows. I don't remember any famous player endorsements, but I sold a bunch of them out of my shop to local guys. I had a leopard print Les Paul, a blue and black zebra P-bass, and a gray and black snakeskin Strat in the shop for clients to check out. They were even available in single colors if you wanted. Most guys bought them for new stuff to protect the finishes....

                            You could weird a lot of people out from onstage by moving the cover around during a song - making it stretch and so on. They were fun. I have pictures somewhere in a box....
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                            aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                            • #15
                              Re: Dazzle Camo

                              Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                              Well, you did it right.
                              Next time maybe work in some iridescent.

                              Sent from my Alcatel_5044C using Tapatalk
                              Yeah, I was considering that. Maybe also including some circles or fake painted on knob silhouettes.
                              If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung
                              every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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