How to Add Custom Paint Designs to Acoustic Guitars

By Shelley Kishpaugh ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Water based primer (such as Kilz)
  • Acrylic paints in as many colors as you desire
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint brush
  • Stencils (if desired)
Add Custom Paint Designs to Acoustic Guitars

Giving your guitar a custom paint job is a fun project that results in a musical instrument that is personalized, decorative and one that commands a greater stage presence. Your music reflects your personal taste and your guitar should reflect your personality as well. With a few simple steps, you will be well on your way to creating an instrument that is as one-of-a-kind as you could possibly desire.

Decide on a design or stencil pattern you wish to paint onto your guitar.

Prime the parts of the guitar that need to be painted. Be sure that wherever you prime will be covered by your design, since it will not come off easily. If you want to completely cover your guitar with paint, you may wish to remove the strings and any other hardware that is in your way first.

Let the primer dry overnight.

Use the acrylic paint (and stencil if desired) to paint your design. Let the paint dry for at least four hours between coats, or between colors.

Give the guitar three coats of polyurethane, per the packaging instructions. Another option is to take the guitar to an auto body shop and let them clear coat if for you if you want extra durability. (Be sure to remove strings and hardware first)

About the Author

Shelley Kishpaugh has written numerous articles for Demand Studios and Helium on a wide variety of topics, and she is currently writing a children's book. Kishpaugh received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Colorado and has been writing professionally since 2007.