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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The time has come - Poly Question

So the time has come to start on a refin for "Smokie", which I rebuilt after a recent house fire -



There is still a lot of the original poly finish on this guitar, what is the easiest/quickest/best way to remove it, so I can start sanding?

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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man that is a cool looking guitar as is! Survived a fire and what is the rest of the story?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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More fire? Like a heat gun?
Just get a leather or rusted metal pick guard and call it done. I love it.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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More fire? Like a heat gun?
Just get a leather or rusted metal pick guard and call it done. I love it.
me too leave it alone man it has a story - the guard spoils it as is
how about beaten copper?
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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Heat gun is faster and easiest in my opinion. But I think it looks great the way it is!!
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Old January 16th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, the short version - Right after the holidays in '09, I pieced this guitar together from Ebay/CL as I wanted a hardtail Mary Kay HH Strat. Two months later, we had a house fire, and she was in living room. Only the hardware and the body survived, so I cleaned it up as best I could, sanding down as much of burnt poly finish, cleaning up the hardware and went about finding a new neck & pick guard setup.

But I think the time has come to try a nice white transparent nitro finish, as I really love the build threads here on TDPRI. I've also gotten comments when gigging that it looks "too much like SRV", but what do they know ? :)

Maybe a more natural pickguard may suffice! :)

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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would not change it. Except the pickguard.

I would start with a new cheap CL guitar if you want to refinish somethin.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It's gong to be hard to do a transparent finish as those burn marks aren't really removable.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Another vote for leaving it as-is!
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Old January 16th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Heat gun.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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For the love of Guitar, leave it!
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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Leave as is! It looks great, and is genuine
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, I'm glad everyone is so passionate about leaving it as is.

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It's gong to be hard to do a transparent finish as those burn marks aren't really removable.
Believe me, I tried sanding as much as possible, trying to remove as little wood as possible, but yes, those burn marks aren't going anywhere. I'd probably have to do a solid color instead of a transparent. That would probably look pretty bad in a transparent.

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Old January 17th, 2013, 01:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm not as sentimental as some. I used a cheap heat gun to remove polyester from my MIM Tele. Super easy!
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Old January 17th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Leave it as it is, add a dirty white pickguard (the white guard will make it look less like SRV) and age the neck a little.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 05:51 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Change the guard and clearcoat it. It looks great and has memories attached. I'd leave it as is, but clearcoat it with Polycrylic so the burns still show but it is protected.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Keep it!

I'd keep the PG tho, as I think adding some beat up PG would make it "too much". As it is now, it looks like a restored burn victim. Which it is.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 02:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Keep it!

I'd keep the PG tho, as I think adding some beat up PG would make it "too much". As it is now, it looks like a restored burn victim. Which it is.
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Seriously, if you wanted to refinish it, I would offer to buy it off you as is, and give you the chance to buy some other body to finish
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Old January 17th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Smoke/char/fire damage stains are extremely tough to seal, and without a good seal coat (XIM, Kilz - the solvent-base, pigmented shellac type)stains can come through some time later. There's no way to absolutely ensure stains won't bleed through so you have to really load up on the sealer to "lock in" the discoloration. This can kill your tone to some degree and make the thing look like one of those reviled late 70's "dipped in plastic" Fenders.

I throw in my vote with the "leave it alone" crowd. IMO it looks cool, it sounds as good as it could possibly sound with any kind of finish on it, and it's certainly an attention-getter with a story to tell! Find a thrashed pick guard or melt the existing one around the edges, relic the metal (plenty of threads with info on how to do it) and it'll be a true "one-off" custom instrument. I wouldn't clear coat it - the gloss over the fire damage would look a little weird to me.

Or as the previous poster suggested, sell it if you don't like it. Heck, if you put it up for auction I know I'd have my little consortium bidding on it!
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Old January 17th, 2013, 04:05 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Heck, if you put it up for auction I know I'd have my little consortium bidding on it!
Get your filthy hands off my body!


Ummm. The OPs body? Yes, his body.


For now.....


It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.


Unless, you know, he doesn't want to sell or something....


Now. OP. Look into my eyes. You are feeling very sleepy....
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