Color over 3TSB - what dissolves Duplicolor?

Systolsys

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Hey All,

Looking at doing a "paint and rub off" finish over an existing poly-finished Sunburst guitar.

A sample, a demo of how to do this using nitro is here:


But being in Aus, the available range of nitro colours is limited and cost expensive compared with Duplicolor.

Reading the threads here, plenty of people have had success respraying poly with Duplicolor, but I can find any information on whether there is a solvent that will dissolve the duplicolor that won't harm the poly layer.

Any ideas?

Thanks
 

NoTeleBob

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I believe duplicolor is a modern lacquer, (check the can) so lacquer thinner will dissolve it for you.

Do a test to see how well it does the "rub off" feature on a spare piece of wood.

If that works, test it in a safe area (like under the pickguard) on the poly. But, the poly used on guitars in the last few decades is very durable. I don't think most solvents will touch it.
 

Martinp

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if it's lacquer, use lacquer thinner. The Poly finish underneath is practically indestructible. try it on a q tip in the control cavity to be on the safe side
 




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