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.