Guitar Paint and Finishes

Color Choices

Choose a paint swatch to see an image of a guitar body in that finish color. Browse through the dropdown categories for ideas to customize your guitar body order.

Finish Category

Computer monitors vary, and the colors shown above are an approximation. Transparent, burst, and dye finishes will also vary based on the color of the wood they are sprayed over. Click Here to Explore/Download the Warmoth 2018 Finishes Catalog.

DIY Paint-Ready

When it comes to achieving a pro-quality finish the first steps are the most crucial, and Warmoth can do this work for you. Bodies with our "DIY Paint-Ready" option will arrive sealed, sanded to 320, basecoated, and ready for you to finish however you choose. With this prep-work done right even rattle-can finishes can look great! Our polyester basecoat is compatible with virtually all paints and topcoats, including nitro, urethane, and polyester.

Multi-Piece Swamp Ash Body with Basecoat
Multi-Piece Swamp Ash Body

DIY Paint-Ready finish with basecoat only

Multi-Piece Roasted Alder Body with Basecoat
Multi-Piece Roasted Alder Body

DIY Paint-Ready finish with basecoat only

Gloss & Satin Finish Options

Every finish color Warmoth offers is available as Gloss or Satin. Both are equally beautiful, thin, and durable.

Gloss Finish

Traditional Gloss Finishes are shiny.

Satin Finish

Satin Finishes are matte, and smooth to the touch.

Edge Treatments

When a body's top color and back color are different, the point where they meet can be handled two ways:


With the Burst-Over option, the back color wraps around to the top and fades, creating a "burst" effect. There is not a distinct line between the two colors.

Clean Line

With the Clean Line option, there is a distinct line between the back color and the top color. This option is required if the back color is Clear.

Masked Accent Line

A Masked Accent Line is a decorative effect around the perimeter of a body, created by masking off this area during the finishing process. Once the color is sprayed, the mask is removed, leaving a clear line. A LamTop is required for this option.

Masked Accent Line

A Masked Accent Line with a Transparent Back.

Masked Accent Line

A Masked Accent Line with a Clear Back.

Competition & Racing Stripes

Racing and Competition Stripes can be ordered by emailing [email protected] or calling (253) 845-0403.

Racing Stripes

Racing Stripes run down the center of the body parallel to the strings, and go all the way around the body.

Competition Stripes

Competition Stripes run diagonally across the forearm contour, on top of the body only.

The Finishing Process

Warmoth's finishes are both beautiful and durable. Our process begins with a polyester base coat to fill the grain. Once it dries, a urethane color coat is applied. The top coats come next, followed by final sanding and buffing. Dyes on figured Maple Lam Tops are applied to the raw wood prior to the base coat.

Warmoth's finishes seldom exceed twelve thousandths on an inch in thickness. Our thin poly finishes offer extreme durability, with no noticeable effect on tone.

  • Exotic Woods require an additional isolator coat. Exotic woods include Bocote, Bubinga, Canary, Cocobolo, Camphor, Goncalo Alves, Padouk, Pau Ferro, Rosewoods, Bloodwood/Satine, Purpleheart, and Ziricote.
  • Matching paint on bodies and necks should be ordered at the same time. Items ordered and painted separately will not have an ideal color match.

    Due to time constraints, Warmoth does not accept the following:

  • Custom finishing requests for things like hot-rod flames, pinstriping, logos, or other designs.
  • Color matching requests to customer-supplied pictures, parts, or color numbers.
  • Third-party parts for finishing or refinishing. We will only paint the parts we build here.