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I've been googling for about a half and hour and I can't find any well painted custom jobs.


It simply occured to me that someone out there must have painted their gear and it might be fun to see.


Anyone know of any custom keyboard paint job pics they can share?



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There was an article in Keyboard Mag a number of years ago specifically on this topic. One of the boards shown was Thomas Dolby's Casio AZ1, and there was another picture of John Lawry's (Petra) Lync LN4. The paint job on this was AMAZING!! There were references to a few custom paint places in the article, but I am sure that there have been more since then.


My suggestion - go talk to a local body shop, especially if they cater to hot rods. They will tend to have a little more imagination and the quality of the work will be very high. Another option, find a place that does vehicle decals (you know the kind of place, specialty graphics, etc), and they may be able to do something unique.


Food for thought.



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Another thought just occured to me. Find a local airbrush artist. They will be able to work with you on something different, and it will offer him the opportunity to show off his work to a larger crowd than just the artsy types. Make sure to seal any work with a clear coat or it will scrape and wear off. That would be counter-productive.



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These pics from the Forat site have been posted many times before...at least twice by me. I think most of the customizations on that site are tacky, but of course, that is purely subjective. These are a few that I thought turned out OK:









"For instance" is not proof.


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Here's a piano that I thought was interesting:




I'm not so sure that I would do this to any of my keyboards (although I might change the colors of some of my MIDI controllers). I just wanted to see some examples strictly as a voyer.


I actually like all the examples I've seen in this thread so far. It's fun to see how people mix it up and get creative with the look of their gear.



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Originally posted by StillFightingIt:

I really love the look of that piano krakit!

Where are you guys finding these?

That one is currently being auctioned on ebay.


Good luck and happy bidding. :P



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The first concert I ever went to was a recital by harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt. His harpsichord had a magnificent classical painting on the underside of the lid. Can't find a pic (yes Sven, I googled) but I imagine there are old harpsichords and modern copies that have been similarly painted.

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Originally posted by Cydonia:

Here's a cute one. Of course, opinions may vary.



Why are two preset keys on the lower manual depressed? I don't see how that would be musically useful? Are they broken?
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hi guys

In the past,being then a graphic designer/artist and having also restored/resprayed many of my classic cars i had owned in those days,the experience from repainting cars helped me when I airbrushed a number of guitars for my local guitar store.

Didnt keep doing it though as it was not profitable as they would give me average guitars to customise but who would pay good money for an average guitar with a custom spray job.


presently if i get the time i was thinking of doing something to my casio privia but although i bought it second hand with this in mind it still came with twelve months warranty.


Simple do it yourself

buy a decent airbrush and off you go.

a good design may not need to be an artistically brilliant design...it could even be a mistake .....experiment on some scrap casios....oh what am i saying tee hee.



1.prepsol first [wax and grease remover]this is not a thing you should infer is a solvent because people may use a solvent on plastic and cause a reaction

most wax and grease removers are not related to thinners or acetone because these cause reaction with enamels on cars,plastic etc. but still test first on a hidden area.

If you are worried on plastic try simply a scrub down with dishwashing liquid and cloth...better to be sure the plastic dosent react....youve seen what even metholated spirits can do to plastics let alone your stomach and the orange juice doesnt help.

2, Rub down finish with wet and dry paper as in automotive terms and to automotive tolerences

3.spray base coAt [an undercoat if needed...preferred].

back then i used automotive acrylic laquers,

now i will use an australian made "matisse minis" paint

a paint formulated for model soldiers and airbrushing,an acrylic water based paint and for all airbrushing

on larger areas i would still use acrylic laquer on metal and wood finish but on plastic i would have to test first sometimes an acrylic lacquer can be used if an undercoat was used as some plastics can take it but which??????

{i wonder if my Roland AX 1 is lacquer it looks like it to me?????}

using the matisse if a reaction from laquer looked possible [all plastics are not alike]unfortunately as a base coaT the matisse will not handle your fingers well until clear lacquered often smudging or holding greasy figure marks which cannot be re moved where lacquer can.

4.over the base coat i would definately be using the Matisse minis water based paint or similar to airbrush as it is less toxic and easier to clean up needing only water

have had enough spraying lacquers and risks associated with them

fortunately airbrushing reduces the overspray risk but always wear a respirator

5.once finished an acylic lacquer is a good way of sealing finished items

if acrylic water based paints are not sealed they will scratch off with your fingure nail

if acrylic lacquer is not sealed it will be as strong as automotive paint against human touch but will scratch easily from metal to metal,,rubbing on anything when transporting etc [as it is a thin layer compared to a cars layer] so would be far better to be sealed

i have used acrylic laquer over acrylic water based paints before with perfect results

making sure any exposed plastic does not react to solvent in the lacquer

when finished wonder why you went to so much trouble because now you want the next latest greatest keyboard thats just been released

cheers guys

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