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07-11-2006, 07:31 AM
How easy would it be to strip and repaint an American Series Tele? The guitar right now is completely stock with a natural finish ash body. Was thinking about painting it sonic blue or fiesta red possibly. Is this easy to do for someone who has never done it before? Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!

07-11-2006, 09:23 AM
No it's not easy. You can learn though. I would suggest getting a good book on guitar finishing for starters and reading it several times to get an understanding of what is involved before you decide if you're willing and capable of putting in the time and work. Check www.stewmac.com (http://www.stewmac.com) or www.luthiersmerchantile.com (http://www.luthiersmerchantile.com) for books and supplies. Also this www.reranch.com (http://www.reranch.com) will give you an idea of what's involved with the finishing aspect. I think one of the most important things required with finishing instruments is patience. You have got to take your time and know in advance what you're getting into.

Good luck.

07-11-2006, 11:24 PM
Not easy, but you don't have to strip it if you want to paint it a solid, metallic, etc.... color. Just a light sand and you are ready to go.

Even though, not easy!!! :(

07-12-2006, 09:48 AM
I agree with the not having to strip. They used Polane which is a 2 part urethane coating. You could try a urethane stripper in an area maybe under the pick guard to see what happens. The import stuff is impossible without just sanding it off. Honestly the best way is to get an AllParts or Warmoth body and do it yourself so you know it's right. You can get some white lacquer primer from a paint supply store which dries fast and is easy to level. This would make it more realistic to the era. You could then sell your body for about what you have in the replacement. If relicing then this is the way, if not, scuff with 400 wet/dry using little water until all surfaces are dull. Keep the water out of any mounting holes. I sometimes just do it dry to avoid any problems. 400 is sufficient for adherence and will leave a slick surface.

07-13-2006, 09:05 PM