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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Methods for removing guitar finish

So I acquired an 87' 560 for the purpose of refinishing though not set on what I am doing yet.

Do most people just sand it down or are there other methods?

If sanding are you just going with a cheap method like a block of wood with a piece of sand paper wrapped around it? What grit do you like to start/finish with?

Any idea how thick the original paint is?

Anybody got a good link to refinishing a guitar (mostly removing the current finish at the moment). My search here came up empty well mostly empty.
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Re: Methods for removing guitar finish

Several threads on this--try the search feature. There are also good tutorials all over the Internet like:
http://projectguitar.com/tut/burn.htm

http://projectguitar.com/tut/chem.htm

http://projectguitar.com/tut/sand.htm



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Re: Methods for removing guitar finish

I tried the search feature here... about 4 times.. read about 20 threads but wasn't really finding what I was looking for.

Thanks for the links those are perfect. Oddly I was on projectguitar.com earlier but didn't see those. Maybe I am just blind as a bat...
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I tried the search feature here... about 4 times.. read about 20 threads but wasn't really finding what I was looking for.

Thanks for the links those are perfect. Oddly I was on projectguitar.com earlier but didn't see those. Maybe I am just blind as a bat...
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Re: Methods for removing guitar finish

steve, the paint is super thick. I got a good combo going. I burn off the paint, then sand down the sealer coat to bare wood.... IF I want bare wood.

if you are just going to paint the guitar, theres absolutely NO reason to sand off the finish. My mind gets blown every time I see someone take it to bare wood, just to paint it again.

Just got a belt sander recently... and HOLY CRAP.... 40 grit belt = FAST wood removal!
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Re: Methods for removing guitar finish

I'm not looking for bare wood and I agree to remove the sealer would be a little odd just to repaint it. I've been reading page after page the last few days trying to figure out what I should do. I was thinking of using a paint stripper (chemical) but then I saw over at projectguitar it said not recommeneded for removing factory finishes. I don't have a belt sander or a heat gun. I do have a finish sander simliar to this one http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-1293D-2-...648593&sr=1-14 though mine is a craftsman.
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Re: Methods for removing guitar finish

I've done both the chemical stripper method and the heat method (but with a propane torch). The torch method was MUCH faster but did damage the wood in a few spots. The clear used on Ibanez guitars is really tough and the stripper doesn't have a lot of effect on it. It took me a lot of applications to get through it.
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