Re: Refinishing an RG-550m: On the right track?
Your plan will work, but it will take a lot of time to get it wood clean.
You still have the under paint (donít know the English word for this, the bas under the actual paint, wood sealing ect) left to get rid of (which is the hard part).
My suggestion, if you want it wood clean, is to use a heat gun and warm/scrape it away.
If you gone re-paint it with a filling (not transparent color), then you just need to get the surface clean and smooth. But it is good to remove it all, I think, or you will get a very thick layer of paint that will kill tone. The wood on the body is not a nice looking one, so just stained is not very nice looking. A pretty nice looking thing is to get thin flamed maple veneer and glue that on the top, and the stain it.
The guitar is not a 550, it is a 560.