stripping a red sparkle bullet tele

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  1. LarryJunior

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    20210522_100420.jpg thought i'd share a pic of the beginning of stripping the finish down on my red sparkle bullet tele,after 3 failed attempts at painting it,i'm going au' naturel..
     
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    What are you using to strip it?
     
  3. LarryJunior

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    a palm sander,it's gonna take awhile,lol
     
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    Good luck! Would be interested in seeing some progress shots along the way, if it's convenient.
     
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    20210601_180203 (1).jpg it's a 4 piece body.
     
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    Nice try, Big Brother.
    Aw man, I love those red metal flake bodies! I've considered buying one of those just for the body.
     
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    Nice so far -- you've got it down to the natural. Are you keeping the same electronics?
     
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    Same. Curious about the 3 previous attempts. What were you going for, what did you use & what went wrong?
     
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    I really had not much choice because the red sparkle finish was already damaged in the GC where I bought it,it had patches of cloudy finish,I haven't heard of any finish issues with these but I think this one was on the floor for at least 6 months and it not selling,(pre-covid ),then they put a clearance price to 119 plus I had a $80 birthday gift card from my daughter so I grabbed it.as far as electronics,I have an old Seymour Duncan Classic Stack bridge pickup I'm installing,I also got the brass block saddles and replacement vintage style tuners.

    I suck at painting,first i had added some metallic gold to make it orange sparkle. I liked that for awhile but now i got bored with it,,here's of pic of it when it was orange.i then tried some spray can finishes after that but wasn't happy with the look 20201123_190817.jpg
     
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    If you suck at painting, then I way worse-than-suck. That looks really nice to me. Will be interested to see the new natural look when finished.
     
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    haha thanks ,yes I got lucky with the orange but I decided to go for the "Barncaster look",it was like going to war getting the finish off,millimeter by millimeter,but I was determined
     
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    Wow, sounds really tough, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end.
     
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    yeah,I don't think I'll ever do it again,somehow I have a feeling this is gonna get played alot when it's done.I'm going to make it pay for all the sweat I put into it,lol ,I'm going to finish it with tung oil or maybe tru oil.
     
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    Next time, I'd guess that a heat gun and putty knife would do it quickly. Those Squier sparkle finishes are hard and shell-like. I'd be surprised if they didn't pop off with some heat.
     
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    The orange looks great. But good luck.
     
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    Same here!
    When I was a young kid in the early 70’s an older cousin gave me an old motorcycle helmet that was red metal flake. All the lining and padding was gone but I loved it and wore it riding my go cart.
    I absolutely thought that old helmet was the coolest looking thing ever.
    Always been a sucker for the red metal flake.
    I mean really, who wouldn’t want a guitar that looks like a bass boat?!?
     
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    Hmm, I liked that orange. Anyhow, looking forward to the next look. ;)
     
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    Wow! Super-sharp. Great job! That was quick, although maybe it didn't feel quick to you, since you were doing the work. Really nice!
     
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    Me, too. Why strip off an awesome finish?
     
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