If I just want the same color, should I strip my ‘92 MIM Tele ?

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  1. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    heat gun, peel it off, sand it down, rattle can black - call it done ?

    From 20 feet it’s still gonna look the same but when I pick it up,I’m damn sure I’m gonna like it a lot better.

    The plasti-dipped aspect of it has always bugged me.

    Oh - and it’s a beautiful 5 piece body ! :lol:

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    Just curious, why do you need a thinner finish?
    Sounds like a huge amount of work, no matter how you do it.
     
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    black is the new black.

    seems like a lot of effort to arrive back at the same spot. but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    I might be inclined to just get a discount unfinished body and rattle can that.

    All that plastic you take off the current body gonna end up somewhere.
     
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  4. Mike Eskimo

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    I think mainly it’s the memory of the thin black paint on an old pine-bodied Esquire I used to have . Oh - and one of those maroon hwy 1’s I used to have also.

    Not that it’s gonna shave any weight but the plastic...Oy...

    I’ve also always not liked Banana pudding bajas because of their plastic coating.
     
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    I recently checked out one of the new jimmy page "dragon" telecasters. I thought everything was cool about it (esp. the neck) but the body was covered in that goop. it was very off-putting. the plastic coating is very noticeable and annoying if you have been playing nitro guitar bodies for awhile.
     
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    Nitro is a form of plastic, a lot of finishes are in some form or another.
     
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  7. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    For me - it’s the thickness of it.

    I don’t care about the wood/grain/seams - any of that showing through a thin coat .

    Maybe one of the reds from ReRanch ...
     
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    Allparts body.
     
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    Harley Davidson rattle can "Vivid Black" is really cool ! … available at a dealer .
     
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    Agree with Boris. Honestly to save the time/effort/mess/hassle I'd replace the body with a fresh one. Doesn't have to cost much. You could even sell yours for a few bucks to offset the cost. You'll have to remove all the hardware regardless. Might as well start fresh. Way easier. I've heard of the poly-finished bodies stripping semi-easily but I've done a few and I'll never do another one again. Ugh. Sometimes the heat gun gets sheets of the gunk off. Sometimes you have to scrape and scrape and scrape and you risk gouging the wood.

    Start fresh, finish it simply and be done with it.
     
  11. Despres

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    I once used a heat gun to remove finish from a guitar (someone had rattle-canned flat black over a thicker plastic finish, after some light scuffing with 100 grit or something like that).

    It was work but not terrible. I'd say I spent an hour with a heat gun, and then a bunch of sanding. I did an almost clear finish over it AND the body is double bound. I could have got it done a lot faster if it was not bound and I was going to paint it black when I was done.

    So all that being said, I'd check around for a cheap body before starting at this point. My time-to-money ratio has changed a bit since that project but in retrospect I probably would have just bought a body then if I knew how much work it was/how cheap bodies are. (now that I think about it, that project was why I found and joined TDPRI in the first place)
     
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