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lilfrenchfry
06-02-2018, 03:42 AM
Hi! I am new here and i want to repaint my uke pls guide me!☺
My current uke is already colored should i just spray paint it or i need to do something else? I was thinking about blue-ish ombre(is that a thing?idk)

Mr. Sweetie
06-02-2018, 09:42 AM
My disclaimer - I am not a luthier but I spend a lot of my professional hours putting paint on wood and a lot of leisure time handling instruments. Here is what I can tell you, based on my experience and assumptions.

Your paint job will not look like a pro-job. If this is your aim, you may be in for a disappointment. It might seem minimal, but you are adding thickness to your surfaces and it may change the sound of your instrument. That being said, you are going to need to sand it first. This will allow the paint to stick to the surface. I wouldn't use anything heaver than 220 grit. You will need to mask your neck/fretboard, sound hole, and find a way to suspend the instrument so you can paint all sides. You will want to go with multiple light coats, sanding each with fine grit sandpaper. Finally you will want to clear coat it with several coats using a super fine steel wool between coats.
There are some youtube videos that will help you more, but I hope to let you know what you are looking at effort and materials wise.
All of this being said, Mike DaSilva teaches classes using a hand painted (by brush) ukulele. If you aren't familiar with what he builds, check him out. :) Customized instruments can be a source of great happiness and pride. I look forward to seeing your ukulele makeover.

lilfrenchfry
06-02-2018, 08:44 PM
My disclaimer - I am not a luthier but I spend a lot of my professional hours putting paint on wood and a lot of leisure time handling instruments. Here is what I can tell you, based on my experience and assumptions.

Your paint job will not look like a pro-job. If this is your aim, you may be in for a disappointment. It might seem minimal, but you are adding thickness to your surfaces and it may change the sound of your instrument. That being said, you are going to need to sand it first. This will allow the paint to stick to the surface. I wouldn't use anything heaver than 220 grit. You will need to mask your neck/fretboard, sound hole, and find a way to suspend the instrument so you can paint all sides. You will want to go with multiple light coats, sanding each with fine grit sandpaper. Finally you will want to clear coat it with several coats using a super fine steel wool between coats.
There are some youtube videos that will help you more, but I hope to let you know what you are looking at effort and materials wise.
All of this being said, Mike DaSilva teaches classes using a hand painted (by brush) ukulele. If you aren't familiar with what he builds, check him out. :) Customized instruments can be a source of great happiness and pride. I look forward to seeing your ukulele makeover.

Thank you so much for the guide! I am also looking forward for the "makeover" i really appreciate the help!

UkerDanno
06-03-2018, 04:12 AM
Good advice above, just be careful about too many coats, it will deaden the sound...thin coats being the key word. And post up pic's when you're done! I Customized a Shark I gave to my grandson a while back with some stickers...
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