Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Re: refinishing a quilted maple finish
Quilted maple IS maple. 'Quilted' refers to the figure (or pattern) of the wood. QM guitar tops can be either a thin veneer layer or a thicker slab. Your approach will depend on what you have, what finish is currently on it, and what finish you are trying to end up with. You don't say what guitar this is. If it is a veneer top with a poly finish over it, you are going to have a hard time getting the finish off without destroying the veneer. There are various methods that can be used, including strippers and sanding. Do you intend to stain(dye) it some other color? If so, you have to get ALL of the current finish off, which probably won't happen with veneer, but is possible with a thicker top. Check somewhere like a pickup cavity to try to figure out how thick the maple is.