So I went a bit crazy yesterday

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  1. ToneDeVille

    ToneDeVille Supporting Member

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    Got out my heat gun yesterday and stripped a gawd awful pumpkin colored poly finish off of an old Tele body. It's a 1 pc swamp ash body.
    Now, after a bit of clean up I'm starting the sanding process to prep it for finishing.
    But only refinishing I've ever done is to furniture so a guitar finish might be above my pay grade. BTW: the burn looking marks are actually melted poly
    I'm thinking a grain exposure finish is a good option, and a friend suggested I finish it with Sinsser Amber Shellac and spray a thin Nitro coat over it.

    Thoughts?

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  2. VintagePlayerStrat

    VintagePlayerStrat Supporting Member

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    Looks like a nice body with no seams. Sure, do the shellac.
     
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    Sounds great.
    Maybe it wouldn't need the lacquer over it?
     
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    Should weigh somewhat less too. Try to keep refin to a minimum number of coats if possible.
     
  6. ToneDeVille

    ToneDeVille Supporting Member

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    I'm also considering something like a translucent Crimson Red/thin nitro, which I'd have professionally done. Options, options!
     
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    Plenty of room to rout that vintage Floyd rose tremolo!
     
  8. Sirloin

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    Almost looks like Alder to me, but could be Ash.
     
  9. rickcard71

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    Do it, it is fun. I think light grit wet sanding between the paint finish is the best to get the orange peel out and to keep it smooth. I didn’t do that on my first guitar paint project last year but it still came out very good.
     
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    If you can do furniture, you can do a guitar body. Just take your time. I am betting you do a beautiful job.
     
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    Pine body partcaster thinline.
    I did shellac only on the body
     

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