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yeah this had been my head for quite sometime, if i wanna refinish a quilted maple finished body, could i use normal paintstripper? anyway what does quilted maple stand for? is it lamited with maplewood, or juz using some cheap paper underneath it?
 

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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.
 

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You should be able to see if it's veneer or not just by looking at the side of the body... look at it downwards as if you were playing... If you can see a line (faint or bright) and the wood grain is different, that usually means its a thicker slab, if no line at all, then probs a veneer....My god im bloody awful at explaining through typing...

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Except that any decent guitar will have the veneer edge covered either with binding or with a paint finish (like a black burst) to cover up the edge. In that case you can't just look at the edge -- thus the suggestion to look somewhere that isn't covered, like a pickup or trem cavity.
 

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hmm so if the maple top is thin, do i need to sand off the maple top as well till i see the maghony wood? or do i need to juz sand of the finish? im thinking of refinishing with a solid colour
 

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If all you want to do is cover it up with a solid color finish, don't even bother stripping off the existing finish. Just scuff up the finish with some sandpaper to give the new finish something to grab on to. Of course that assumes that your new finish is compatible with the old one. If you don't care about saving the quilted maple, you can remove as much or as little as you feel you need to -- go right through it if you want.
 
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