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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

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    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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    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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    No advantage in my opinion, but a helluva lot of work.
     
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    +1
     
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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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    only time you want to strip to bare wood would be if you want transparent paint job or sunburst
     
  9. appar111

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    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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