cirti-strip / SX Furrian - What the HE$# is the neck finished with...?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Bman40, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Bman40

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    I have had the citri-strip on the neck of my SX Furrian for three plus hours.... no effect WHATSOEVER!!!!

    The government should look at what they use and put it on tanks or something... its not budging AT ALL!

    Its bit cold here today - the bottle says 68 to 80 degrees is best...could that be the problem? I've turned my shop heater on and hopefully it will warm up a bit and I can get the crappy orange plastic off the neck.

    Barry
     
  2. winny pooh

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    Thats chinese tech, no sell to USA!
     
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    it could be a polyurethane blend which is cheap and fast to use

    i wound up using a regular strength stripper on a body a while back and it was the only thing that could get through
     
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    Probably polyester urethane.
     
  5. Vizcaster

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    Those nice-smelling citrus strippers are friendly to the environment, and consequently they're not very effective at softening finishes. Generally they're good for things that you could just have easily removed with alcohol or lacquer thinner (like shellac finishes on old furniture). Once they encounter modern catalyzed finishes they're no longer useful as strippers.

    I would suggest, however, that almost any finish can be removed with a heat gun as long as you're careful not to char the wood underneath. Remember, stripping is a process of softening the finish (either with chemicals or with heat), then lifting it off mechanically (with some kind of scraper or putty knife). I'm really glad you didn't try sanding which would have just wasted some good sandpaper.
     
  6. Bman40

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    Vizcaster -

    I have a heat gun but I've been afraid to use it - I definately dont want to char the wood. is there a risk of warping the wood with the heat?

    is that a potential problem? ?
     
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    Considering the amount of work and time involved, if the heat gun works, in the long run it would be alot easier to just buy a used neck. I've had finishes that even a heat wouldn't touch and only sanding would remove it. You can find Squier necks on Ebay for $30 all day long.
     
  8. Vizcaster

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    Sheperd, you're absolutely right, but when it comes to tinkering with guitars reason doesn't always prevail.

    Bman, just go slow with the heat gun and keep it moving. The idea is not to melt the finish, really, it's just to get it to heat up, then cool off, then heat up, then cool off, then heat up, until it gives up and releases itself from the wood. The only real risk of charring is if you have a nitro or other old style finish that's flammable and sometimes starts to smolder (don't ask me how I knew that).
     
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    Zip Strip marine. Non-flammable, and will remove it.
     
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    I have used it to remove the finish from a Fender body (poly) Still took a while, and several applications.
     
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    Forgot to mention that if using heat or a strong stripper be careful around the frets. Some builders use glue to hold them in and strippers or heat can soften it.


    I once had to strip an old MIM Strat and nothing would touch that finish. The fumes from the heat gun nearly knocked me out. I got so ticked off I ended up running it thru my planer :lol:.

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    That's all finish :eek:. It was almost an 1/8" thick.


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    When I strip poly or that god - awful catalyzed urethane, I use a belt sander and then a random orbital with 80,150 and 220 grit paper. I would not even try it on a neck. Getting that stuff off a fretboard would be a nightmare.
     
  13. Vizcaster

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    If its the same stuff I saw on This Old House (and tried after ordering some through a paint store that got it from Canada), it's okay to use on wood but only up to a point. It works by having hydrogen peroxide break down into water and oxygen bubbles. The bubbles soften and lift the paint but the water can be an issue if you let it soak into the wood too much. That's not a concern for aluminum alloy aircraft fuselage, remember it's not designed to be used on wood. I've used it on woodwork and it can soften the wood too much so I gouged some moldings by scraping.
     
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    Yep. I coated my fallout shelter with catalyzed polyester. I should be safe from a direct hit.
     
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    I actually really like how that looks just run through the planer! If the belly cut wasn't so messed up, I think it would look pretty cool with just a nice stain and finish.
    Might be a really fun thing to do to an SX or something.
     
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    I just scraped a whole neck full of thick poly off a cheap neck .no easy way really .Its the accepted way .F1 cars are dealt with in the same way .They get a strip down every time its painted and its just scraped off .I use a Stanley blade and get scraping .I havnt tried a body so havnt tried a heat gun yet .it doesnt take long ,just boring .I do a about 10 minutes a day cos I'm lazy .
     
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    flame thrower?
     
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