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quevann
09-23-2012, 04:41 PM
Hi, my name is Evann. I recently got a ukulele for my birthday and have progressively attained a fluidity of skill with it. Now that I have "tamed the beast", I want to paint a picture on the back of the ukulele without ruining its resonance?

tl;dr Will painting the back of my ukulele with nail polish ruin its resonance?

THANK YOU!

-e

OldePhart
09-23-2012, 04:52 PM
Painting the back shouldn't hurt the sound. The back does have some impact on sound but not a great deal. Some people even paint soundboards but there you want to be very careful because you can reduce the volume/tone of the uke.

Yestyn The Great
09-23-2012, 05:25 PM
I don't mean to be judge mental but why would you want to paint your uke? I realize that it would add personality but still.

quevann
09-23-2012, 08:34 PM
I want to paint this image: http://cdn.indulgy.com/M4/aA/sB/39758409179864499iwNLcXlLc.jpg
which would be BEAUTIFUL! The image has the same shape as a ukulele.

TheCraftedCow
09-23-2012, 08:46 PM
Are you going to use oil or acrylic? Are you going to do anything to the existing finish on the back so the paint will adhere better? When one sees the number of painted ukuleles and wood ones with such a heavy finish on them, it seems to be over rated about keeping coatings thin. Consider stripping the back; painting your picture, and cover the back again with rattle can lacquer in whatever type you want such as matte-semi gloss-high gloss over the back and the new painting.

I just re-read your posting---nail polish. It would seem to me that you would need to somehow thin it, and prepare the surface so the nail polish has something for preventing chipping and / or peeling.

mm stan
09-23-2012, 10:54 PM
If You going into that much detail, you must be some artist.....I'd clean and scuff the surface and spray a first coat then paint on there, I wouldn't use laquer and enamel, just one....good luck..

fitncrafty
09-24-2012, 01:21 AM
Hi.. My husband painted a dolphin for me (photos on my profile page) He used acrylic's he did sand and prime first. It was a huge project. He painted the sound board however it does muffle the sound some, compared to the sound of my daughters ukulele. I don't play it much anyway as I prefer concert size.
It's a beautiful image and I can't wait to see you finished product. Do you have a second uke to play while it's in progress? :)

TG&Y
09-24-2012, 02:10 AM
Sounds like a fun project. If you find it ends up negatively affecting resonance you can always remove it. What kind of finish does it have now?

I second fitncrafty's question about a back-up ukulele. (why do I picture cotton balls between the tuning knobs when you say 'nail polish'?)

Yestyn The Great
09-24-2012, 03:31 AM
I don't know much about painting ukes, but if you do it I want pictures.

kissing
09-24-2012, 04:57 AM
I would get that image printed as a decal/sticker, and stick it.
There are shops that can do this for you, as well as online places like Zazzle.com

quevann
09-26-2012, 02:41 PM
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Painted with nail polish. Any tips/comments? :)

Yestyn The Great
09-26-2012, 02:52 PM
Amazing. Is that uke glossed? What type is it? Great painting.

fitncrafty
09-26-2012, 02:54 PM
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Painted with nail polish. Any tips/comments? :)

Wow thats impressive... enjoy it

pootsie
09-26-2012, 04:35 PM
Great work! I look forward to seeing it completed

TG&Y
09-27-2012, 03:44 AM
Holy cow. I had no idea nail polish came in such colors. Cool. Certainly looks like you took the plunge!

quevann
09-28-2012, 01:35 PM
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No change in sound (that i can notice)!!

pootsie
09-28-2012, 02:13 PM
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No change in sound (that i can notice)!!

That is totally awesome. Did you put a protective coat on it?

OldePhart
09-28-2012, 02:24 PM
That does look pretty cool, even if it's not something I'd necessarily want on my own uke. You shouldn't have any trouble identifying your uke if it wanders around at a meetup, eh? :)

If you haven't already you might want to consider protecting it with a couple thin coats of clear acrylic laquer.

John

sukie
09-28-2012, 04:39 PM
Very cool and personal. As others have suggested -- maybe some clear finish. It'd be a shame to wreck it.

webby
09-28-2012, 04:52 PM
I don't mean to be judge mental but why would you want to paint your uke? I realize that it would add personality but still.

Same reason the beatles painted their rolls royce, some people are just creative and enjoy being individuals not sheep.

webby
09-28-2012, 04:55 PM
OP that paint job is awesome, you may wanna consider putting just one coat of clear over it to protect it, just make sure you mask up the rest of it well before you do it, and keep it a light light coat, but fantastic job mate, very impressed.

Can I send you one of my dolphins to do, you should start taking commissions :)