Classic Series 50s Finish pealing off

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  1. revelation2012

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    Any issues with lightly knocking back the existing sealer with some fine grain sand paper? Id like to at least get rid of the unsightly brush strokes on the wood from the sealer..
     
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    I've seen this on a few examples. Entire finish coming off in a couple giant pieces like a mold!
    Maybe they are doing those in one coat or did read somewhere actual dipping them?!

    I've done my share of poly on wood for various projects and can't understand the the lack of adhesion! Perhaps some silicone contamination of the wood in shop. IF you try another finish really clean that sucker up! Silicone is almost impossible to remove 100%.

    I wonder why Fender doesn't do a thin skin poly? I've used the rub on poly lots of times and you could get a great thin skin in a couple days. Thin poly is just like nitro
     
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    Well, it seems to have all come off very cleanly. What do you suppose is left, bare wood or some or other undercoat. If it doesn’t feel bad when you play it, why do anything to it? You run the risk of whatever you use not working out and then you’ll be deciding what to do all over again!
     
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    i will throw my vote in with those who are in favor of simply buying a new body. i was curious about ripping all the finish off of one of my american standard tele bodies last year. it cost around $90 in materials from home depot. it's a fine way to lose a day or two and keep yourself occupied, but the end result is not worth it. and the entire process leaves an awful mess, naturally.
     
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    Got the remaining 5% of the finish off. That mush much tougher than the last 95%. Light sand on the sealer to remove the brush marks. I'm calling it good now.

    Now i think a 1 ply cream guard might make it sound better.
     
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    The orginal finish was almost separated from the body and coming off in large chunks. I just removed it all. It was just like a shell mostly detached in large areas from the body. This is better. Is resonates more and sounds more open. It also removed about 5 oz of the weight!

    Im happy for now...
     
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    You either got the rare time-release self-relicing option ... Or a factory defect ... Play it and enjoy it ... No warranty ... Yer gonna only take a hit if you sell ...
     
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    I have a natural finish MiM ash tele, some kind of "Special Edition." The wood grain on yours looks better than the wood on mine.
     
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    No i won't sell it for now. It plays pretty good. Probably a factory defect on the finish.

    The thing had been played pretty regularly by a girl i bought it from. Got a good deal i think with a case probably because of the condition of the finish. Inspite of loving white blonde late 50s telecaster look, i wasn't going to leave that flaking finish alone. I mean it was separating from the body. So here we are....
     
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    That's a nice body with even woodgrain.I love butterscotch blonde Teles so if it were mine I'd have it re-finished.But if you leave it unfinished it would look a bit like Keith Richards Malcolm Tele if you put on a black pickguard:

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    I hear you except......

    I am afraid there would be too few reasons to buy the USA models.
     
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    ^ Absolutely.

    If the MIM models used the same paint process as the '12 and up AM Standards I'd be a MIM buyer.
     
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    I have a MIM Classic 50s Esquire and the finish started doing the same thing, peeled off in shards of thick black plastic. It was a bit heavy anyway, so I got a cheap pine body, used blue milk paint and wax to finish it, and moved the hardware and neck over. I like it much better now.
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    Nope, no issues with that at all. It’s way hard to break through that sealer with sanding unless you’re super aggressive, which risks changing the profile or making divots.

    I see you’ve already done this. Good job. Now enjoy it!
     
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    WOW! That grain looks awesome. I'd just pick at the leftover paint once in a while. It'll be gone in a couple of years. Otherwise leave it alone.
     
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