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I just got a JEM 777 Desert Yellow (traded my carvin 4x12 and a epoch les paul)
Now beware, the "person" that owned it before me did some AWFUL things to it...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/ibanezjemneedshelp1.jpg
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I can manage to scrape some of the spray paint, but its hard and time consuming, is there any chemical that will help me remove the blue but keep the yellow and clear coat intact?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/ibnezjemsomework1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/ibnezjemsomework.jpg

Also, since I don't have the budget for NOS parts, I'm going to use parts I have left over from other projects (chrome Taylor knobs, black switch tip, clear pickguard, chrome grover tuners, chrome straps) and hunt down a lo pro.

I got a gig today, so I can't work on her anymore... I really REALLY want to restore her!

They guy also gave me this for our trade
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/newguitar.jpg

any info on this?

Progress..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/ibanezjem777helped.jpg
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These are some spots were the paint remover ate too much paint, or I could not get it out.
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Someone carved their name into the guitar...
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Oh man thats a sorry sight .

If your lucky and the DY paint is in tact you could try T cutting the more difficult areas .
Just take your time and you could get lucky.
 

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I dont know that you can do anything to save the clear coat and just have it as a normal DY again. I would consider a refinish, or just try to sand the blue off by hand with >400 grit sandpaper. Good luck! you may be able to just put a new finish on it if you get the blue off. Do NOT sand through any yellow unless you are refinishing. be very careful of that
 

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oh my god, the person who did that should be brought up on charges of abuse, neglect, barbarism, & sentenced to the gallows. That's so sad, makes me want to cry.

I'm glad to hear you rescued her & want to restore her to her former glory. Bless you. Take your time & do it right. I'd just have it refinished if I were you. I feel sick, I bet that guy eats puppies too.
 

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Thats sad. What are people thinking when they do that? Do they think "I shouldnt have done that". Thats rough, do your best man. Good luck....
 

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I am not sure what lacquer thinner would do to the clear if left on, but it will take that spray paint right off. I would test under the trem springs or something, but I bet if you use the wipe on/off method, you will be fine.
 

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Thats true. How much did you pay if you dont mind me asking?
Thanks guys, I will take my time on this!

We did a trade, I traded my Carvin 4x12 cabinet and a Gibson / Baldwin epoch les paul for the Jem 777 DY and a old guitar I know nothing about http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/ZOMB13/newguitar.jpg

I payed $200 for the Carvin, so I guess I payed $200 for the Jem and the other guitar..

I'll try the trem cavity today, I did some work on the neck too.
 

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I see some fret ware also. I see that you also ate the finish. I would strip her down (wink wink) and start over. You can save her.
 

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I see some fret ware also. I see that you also ate the finish. I would strip her down (wink wink) and start over. You can save her.
Yeah, those spots were dings the spray paint covered up, so when I applied the paint remover, it sunk it.

I'll ask around, because I won't be able to afford a lo pro edge, tuning machines, locking nut clamps, locking nut shims, neck plate, string retainer, green knobs, green swtihc tip, strap pins and a refinsh....
 

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Cool project...I wish I could find some Jems in this state.

If you can't afford a refinish, here's what I'd do..

Strip all of the paint off, take your time & use a small amount of paint stripper to remove the bulk of the desert yellow paint. Once you've got the first few layers off, brush the excess paint off and leave it to hang dry. Once it's dry, take your time sanding the rest off the paint off- use a fine grade paper and be careful not to sand any edges away. Some strippers are far too powerful and will not only remove the paint, but they'll damage the wood underneath- so make sure you take care when doing this. I have seen some severe cases where people have left the stripper on for too long, and as a result the wood has actually warped.

Once the body is prepared, why not get some Desert Yellow (or LNG or SK) woodstain made up? Once stained you could oil it and then give it a coat of satin to seal it?

All it'd cost you is the stain, sealer & your time....

Just an idea :)

Good luck,
Dave.
 

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im pretty sure a stain would not do the job. You need DY paint if you were doing a refinish. I honestly have no idea on where you could match DY.
 

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im pretty sure a stain would not do the job. You need DY paint if you were doing a refinish. I honestly have no idea on where you could match DY.
What do you mean a stain would not do the job? It would do the job I've suggested, which is staining it desert yellow. As far as I am aware, that would still be classed as a refinish...

You can take the body as is to a paint shop and get the colour measured under a spectrometer. The spectrometer will analyze the colour and come up with a recipe to match the colour you're scanning. It's obviously not going to look the same as a stain is translucent, but the shade will be close. Alternatively, to get a bit more depth an opaque stain could be used...

Simple.

At the end of the day, the guitar would still be a DY, the only difference been that it's stained and not painted. I've only suggested a cost effective way of reconditioning the DY as Sabu2k1 has already said he can't afford to have it refinished professionally.
 

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What do you mean a stain would not do the job? It would do the job I've suggested, which is staining it desert yellow. As far as I am aware, that would still be classed as a refinish...

You can take the body as is to a paint shop and get the colour measured under a spectrometer. The spectrometer will analyze the colour and come up with a recipe to match the colour you're scanning. It's obviously not going to look the same as a stain is translucent, but the shade will be close. Alternatively, to get a bit more depth an opaque stain could be used...

Simple.

At the end of the day, the guitar would still be a DY, the only difference been that it's stained and not painted. I've only suggested a cost effective way of reconditioning the DY as Sabu2k1 has already said he can't afford to have it refinished professionally.
Thanks for the suggestions guys, my guitarist knows a luthier in town who did his custom guitar, I'll ask him if he can help.

I put some stuff on **** so that I could gather some funds and get a bridge for it.
 
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