I bought a box of Borax and some oil paints to do that to an MXR overdrive pedal.....I have yet to get around to it!
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Holy cow! What type of paint is used and what preparation is required so that the paint doesn't just slide off leaving runs and drips?
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Totally weird and very cool looking (the process, not necessarily the finished product).
I was considering doing this for my current project but went with vintage cream . maybe next one. But its amazingly cool how they turn out
Getting the correct paint is the hard part. I've tried with some oil and enamel paints without success. The clear coat is another problem. Some kinds of paint don't go well with the clear acrylic laquer or poly clear coat.
I've been told that the paint used for car and plane models works best but haven't tried it yet.
I should try this with my wah pedal shell before I mod it. A black/dark red swirl on it would look AWESOME.
I was researching this a while back... Most of the guys in the videos say they use enamel paint and borax... The thing is that in some vids and pics they use an eyedropper to squirt the paint in (this gives the larger more blob like paint swirls) and some guys have those really tiny tins of paint (probably for aircraft models etc as mentioned before) and they pour it in from a small height and this causes the paint to form thinner loops and swirls.
Also they dip the guitar with only a primer coat on which is usually why the paint sticks and also why the base coat colour is usually black, white or grey.
I've heard try also use cold water which helps the paint "contract/freeze" so to speak and stick to the body (I assume hot water would "melt" the paint and it would run" but I'm not too sure about this one.
I've swirled a piece of pine before as a test and it worked well enough but I was unhappy with the swirl so I threw it away...
FWIW here's the Clear Coat FAQ from Perleguitars:
Those guys have some amazing swirls over there.
That was his first video I came across but if you go to his channel youll see a fair amount of stuff.