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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Neck respray questions

I recently bought a '97 s540 with some finish damage on the back of the neck. I'm not sure how much it bothers me, but it would be nice to restore the guitar to like-new condition.

I don't think the damage goes all the way to the wood. I think I could lightly sand it, leaving a thin layer of the original poly, and spray a thin coat or two over the top.

My first concern is the serial number: I definitely want to leave the original decal intact. Will the decal lift or ripple if I spray polyurethane over the top? Does anyone have first-hand experience? I can always mask it, but that might be ugly.

Second, what type of polyurethane is the closest match for a stock '97 MIJ Ibanez? I will be spraying, I have a compressor and an HVLP rig already. I realize that a lot of people prefer oils, but I want to keep the original feel and appearance.

I prefer to DIY, and I'm pretty handy, but I really don't want to screw up with this guitar. Can I realistically expect to get a finish as good as the factory? Or should I go straight to plan-B and call a luthier?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 01:48 AM
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Re: Neck respray questions

Lone Phantom done it with rattle can sprays before. I would use any satin finish lacquer and leave it wet sand at 2000 grit without buffing.

You should be able to add and spray on the lacquer without the lacquer eating into the original coat though.
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Re: Neck respray questions

I sprayed on a satin spray on poly from the hardware store ( Cabots). Three coats and came up real nice. The neck was bare wood though, you might need to do that first.
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Re: Neck respray questions

I really don't want to sand down to the wood! At least not all over. If I can't preserve the serial number, I'll just live with it the way it is.

Although if the factory coat is polyurethane (as I have read) and it hasn't been contaminated with silicone or anything, I think a new coat of poly should adhere just fine. I wish I could find a junk neck to practice on.
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