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painting over a poly body?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by appar111, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. appar111

    appar111 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    41
    Mar 8, 2006
    Ohio
    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?
     
  2. Hollmanp90

    Hollmanp90 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 10, 2009
    Hamilton County
    lightly scuff with 320........wipe down with Naptha,prime and paint.
     
  3. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    Yoi don't even need primer if the body color doesn't inhibit your new color
     
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  5. mraymond77

    mraymond77 Tele-Meister

    107
    Dec 26, 2009
    logan
    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?
     
  6. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    No advantage in my opinion, but a helluva lot of work.
     
  7. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

    +1
     
  8. leftyjay

    leftyjay Tele-Meister

    180
    Nov 14, 2003
    SW Florida
    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.

    [​IMG]

    only time you want to strip to bare wood would be if you want transparent paint job or sunburst
     
  9. appar111

    appar111 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    41
    Mar 8, 2006
    Ohio
    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!
     
  10. mraymond77

    mraymond77 Tele-Meister

    107
    Dec 26, 2009
    logan
    will the poly interfere with the nitro's checking down the road?
     
  11. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

    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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