Budget refinish?

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  1. chrisjnyc

    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Does anyone refinish set neck guitars for under $500? I dont have any way to sand it or spray it myself... Its a Les Paul Trad Pro II with some decent road wear and tear... Ideally if they are in the NYC area too
     
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    I'm not in your area but $500 should get you a refin in opaque colors. Transparents maybe more.
    Rob
     
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    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    I haven't seen anything under $500 for a basic sand and flat black\white spray on a Les Paul
     
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    I do not off the top of my head, but even if you found someone, is it going to be a job you want?

    Talk to Andy @BadMojo https://www.badmojomakeovers.com/ and see what options you have. Stripping it yourself would help, and with a LP, you can scrape most with just a razor.
     
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    You might be able to find someone to do poly for $500 or less, but a professional nitro refinish will be close to double that.
     
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    You could take it to your local auto body shop or if you have a friend in that industry. I know if you want a bumper cover repainted (not replaced) usually it costs around $300-$500 to sand and spray it. I suspect that wouldn't cost much more and it would probably cost less than that if they are able to do it.
     
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    Chemically strip the body ( home supply store product) , let the stripper do the work don't hurry,then finish with chemical stripper and flat razor blade to get the tight spots, Say NO to sanding ( except final prep with high grit wet sanding to smooth the body , use pore filler if needed .then get some nitro rattle can primer and paint from guitar reranch....
     
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    This will work if you don’t need to pore fill.

    With prior damage to the original finish there will be some steaming and more detailed work.
     
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    Some times a well worn in neck is heaven. If your guitar is comfortable to you then you could consider doing a top only refin which should be considerably cheaper so you won't have to get black or white.
     
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    Chemical stripping is quite messy and Gibson finishes will wipe off with lacquer thinner. However, the fumes are not what one would want in a NYC home. A scrapper will easily remove the finish from all but the tight places.

    Unless you have the time, tools and know how, you are better off saving a few more dollars and having a pro do it
     
  12. chrisjnyc

    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Yea, there is no option for a DIY refinish... I have a small NYC apartment with kids, and its the middle of winter.
     
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