To strip, or not to strip?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by LoudTele, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. LoudTele

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    I got a good deal on a "loaded" SG body on eBay, and now I want to refinish it. I kind of like it the way it is, but it's for my daughter, for whom aesthetics are pretty important. It's black, and I think it's a catalyzed urethane paint. I want to paint it white, then she wants to do some hand painted detail before we clear it.

    Am I better off stripping it down to bare wood, or just roughing up the existing paint? The paint I plan to use (AutoAir) is water based and compatible with a urethane base. I've used it before over urethane before with good results, but just on a headstock, not a whole guitar.

    Having read all the posts about the effect of paint on tone, I'm worried that adding enough white to cover the black thoroughly, plus a clear coat, plus what's there already may make this sound like crap.

    So, is it worth the effort to take this down to bare wood? Or should I scuff it up and hope for the best?
     
  2. SacDAve

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    I would strip as a last option it always leads to more problems just a pain. The old finish would act as a good base coat. As for the finish affecting the tone on solid body guitar? If it did (doubtful) you would never notice
     
  3. lewis

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    What SacDAve said.
     
  4. RodeoTex

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    No way I would strip it down. Why strip off a flat, level finish just to try to put it back on?
     
  5. tonebrulee

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    My take is that the question of tone as related to finish type/thickness is vastly overstated. Sure, if you're doing a custom build or a refin on a vintage instrument, shoot a thin nitro finish and enjoy it's beauty as it ages. Other than that though, I'd agree with others here to use the existing finish as a base. If the finish is especially thick, you can use an orbital sander + 150 grit to bring the main front/back flat surfaces down a bit.
     
  6. Colt W. Knight

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    I play the guitars I build before I apply finish(mock up) and after. I can't tell a freakin' difference. If you can't tell a difference from bare wood to painted finish, then I aint buying theres a big difference between two types of paint or clear.
     
  7. LoudTele

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    Thanks for the input, guys. Looks like you all saved me some work!
     
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