The history of Purple Metallic
The purple finish is a very special colour because it has not been a production line colour for Fender and Gibson..
Its exclusivity is due to its use in Custom Shop guitars, masterbuilders and limited edition guitars.
This colour has been a landmark colour for being used on Prince’s legendary guitar, his Symbol model, made by luthier Jerry Auerswald. In 1993, Prince became embroiled in a contractual dispute with his record label, Warner Brothers, which sought to limit his prolific output to suit the pace of the marketing department. To reclaim his artistic independence, he changed his name to “symbol” and began appearing at concerts with the word “slave” written on his face in protest against the industry.
As part of his new identity as an artist formerly known as Prince, he commissioned instrument maker Jerry Auerswald to design and build this guitar in the shape of his eponymous symbol. Prince used variations and copies of this instrument in live performances, including the 2007 Super Bowl half-time show.
Our vintage-inspired colours
Nitorlack colours are based on the original Fender and Gibson colours. The creation of these colours is preceded by a great work and exhaustive study by our laboratory and technical department. Thanks to this, we have managed to faithfully recreate the tones of Fender and Gibson guitars from the 50’s and 60’s.
During those years up to the present day, it should be noted that the colours of vintage guitars have changed a lot over the years due to the ageing of the nitrocellulose lacquer and changes in the brand’s own colours.
Therefore, two guitars finished in 1960 with fender colours may be totally different from each other or from a more modern guitar.
- We begin to apply the colour once the guitar has been fused with Nitorlack Primer..
- When we start the painting work, the pores must be closed and the grain must not be marked.
- Apply the product either by spray or spray gun to a distance of 25 cm.
- When applying we must follow a pattern of application, first horizontal and then vertical, applying the paint uniformly.
- Apply several coats, leaving 24 hours to dry between them and sanding between them to remove any remaining impurities.
- This work shall be completed when the surface is completely smooth and free of imperfections.
Frequently asked questions:
How many sprays do I need to varnish a guitar?
– If the surface is well covered and it is not your first painting project, you can do it with a spray can, although you will not apply many coats. However if you are not an expert we recommend using 2 sprays for an optimal finish.
What temperature should the guitar be at during and after the process?
– It is recommended to be done in a place where the temperature is between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. If the painting or varnishing process is carried out in very hot or cold conditions, the final result may not be good.
Where should I carry out the process?
A clean site will be essential, to prevent dirt or dust particles from adhering to the surface.
Is sanding between coats mandatory?
This is not something you should always do, but it is advisable in order to remove any imperfections left in the paint at the end of each coat, as well as any particles that may adhere.