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Old December 31st, 2010, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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painting over a poly body?

What's the easiest way to paint over a body that's already poly finished (MIM strat body)?

I'm assuming just scuff the paint up, then prime & paint with my choice of primers/paint colors?

What grit of sandpaper or micro mesh should I use to scuff the poly up?

Or does it not really need any scuffing prior to jumping in & refinishing?

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Old December 31st, 2010, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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lightly scuff with 320........wipe down with Naptha,prime and paint.
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Yoi don't even need primer if the body color doesn't inhibit your new color
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I'm about to engage in my first refinishing project. My white MIM strat to seafoam green from reranch. So I don't even need to remove the white poly finish, just apply sea foam over it? that would be easier I think. What are the advantages of removing the old finish?
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I'm about to engage in my first refinishing project. My white MIM strat to seafoam green from reranch. So I don't even need to remove the white poly finish, just apply sea foam over it? that would be easier I think. What are the advantages of removing the old finish?
No advantage in my opinion, but a helluva lot of work.
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Old January 1st, 2011, 07:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i had an sx strat body that was sunburst. i scuffed it up and used reranch white primer so i could paint it sonic blue. it wouldnt cover over the sunburst without priming. was the easiest paint project so far.



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Yoi don't even need primer if the body color doesn't inhibit your new color
I plan on going from Daphne Blue to semi-gloss black, so it looks like I should be safe without primer. Cool, one less step!
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will the poly interfere with the nitro's checking down the road?
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I've got a '77 Strat that is nitro over poly...the nitro checked and wore off just like you would expect.
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