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I need to strip one layer-BUT-save the one below

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by keenanj, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    Finished off the body-Looks like a 1966

    OK, finished it off-the body that is. She's a bit rough, but wow, cool! Some pix...
     

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  2. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    More pix

    Getting closer
     

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  3. Bubbalou

    Bubbalou Tele-Meister

    284
    Feb 28, 2012
    Euless, Texas
    Nice job, keep up the good work and the photos as you go along. It should be beautiful when you are through.
     

  4. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    I can only get 1 pix uploaded, but..

    here is the original body. Cool, no?
     

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  5. Bubbalou

    Bubbalou Tele-Meister

    284
    Feb 28, 2012
    Euless, Texas
    Cool Yes!
     

  6. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    The front

    Here is the front
     

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  7. Bubbalou

    Bubbalou Tele-Meister

    284
    Feb 28, 2012
    Euless, Texas
    What finish do you have in mind for it?
     

  8. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    With the pick guard

    I like it. I like it tons. Pretty. Beat up but with lots of personality.
     

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  9. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    The goal is to keep it as is. I want to keep as much of the original flavor as possible. I am just seeing that the original finish is at least partially there, which is more than enough for me! I'd rather have a beat up original finish than a new perfect one.
     

  10. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    The neck and the decal

    The neck will be easy. Same technique.
    Two headaches
    1) Decal is in worse shape. Under a magnifier, you can see that it is coming apart. Part of the 'F' in Fender is missing. Bubbles from I guess interaction with the paint. Even if the paint came off magically the decal would be a bit tattered. The decal is going to be last in this project, but it'll be tough.
    2) The butt of the neck with the date. Hopefully we can get this off without ruining the stamp.

    Should I be soaking the hardware in a finishing solution? I have the tuners and strap locks? About to take off the tuners.
     

  11. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    ohio
    My '57 Strat had been rattle-canned black. I used various grades of steel wool. Then rubbing compound, followed by polishing compound. It gleams! Took it apart about 10am. It was back together by 6pm. Don't be thrown off by the replacement '61 pickguard. It's a '57.
    Well! TDPRI is not allowing me to upload a pic that I've used before. The upload keeps failng. I will keep trying!
    And another attempt to load pic;
    Still no dice! And this pic has been uploaded before.
     
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  12. caferacer

    caferacer Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 3, 2011
    phila pa
    that is really coming along great! I think you struck gold!
     

  13. Troubleandahalf

    Troubleandahalf Tele-Holic

    781
    Jun 2, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Watching this, I can see myself feverishly approaching older folks and asking wild-eyed if I could have a dive through their attics! Congrats!
     

  14. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    Pix of the neck...

    Here are some pix. Again a lite paint thinner and 0000 steel wool works like a charm.
    UNTIL WE GET TO THE DECAL
     

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  15. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    Decal

    Note the decal is peeling away.
    Not good. Luckily Fender Costumer Service responded and let me know how to get a new decal. You need your guitar documented at a Fender Service Center, and it's a bit of a pain, but certainly worth the work.
    I am not optimistic. Going to try soap and water and qtips. In the meantime, I'm planning on decal replacement.
     

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  16. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    decal work

    Here are the pix of the decal
    1 Soap and water did nothing, even over night. Didn't hurt the decal, didn't move the paint at all!
    2 Napatha did nothing either
    3 The old handing paint remover worked. BUT, someone posted working from the inside out. It was the only thing that worked.

    What had happened (I think) is that anywhere that the decal was rough adhered to the paint. When the guy painted it, over time, the deeper pockets adhered. Thus, some areas were impossible to save because the paint and decal were the same.

    My advice. Do not try a physical solution. Sanding even with 1500 caused decal wear. Finding the correct chemical solution worked.

    That being said, the decal is 'charming' and 'full of character'.
     

  17. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    Pix not loading...

    Having problems uploading, but this should give an idea
     

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  18. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    ohio
    '57 Strat, black paint removed with steel wool etc.
     

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  19. caferacer

    caferacer Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 3, 2011
    phila pa
    I would not replace that decal, as it look's GREAT!
     

  20. keenanj

    keenanj TDPRI Member

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    Mar 12, 2012
    new jersey
    Thanks... She's coming along nicely. Seriously, it looks awesome, truly 46 years of wear! I can't believe it came within a day of getting thrown out. I can't say thank you enough for all the help so far, and I'm sure, the advice for the next steps.
     

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