Stripping a poly Fender

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  1. jtwang

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    That's different.:huh
     
  3. mark norwine

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    Use a heat gun & it will pop off just like that.

    By contrast, chemical strippers have almost zero effect on catalyzed poly.
     
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    I tried a chemical stripper before I knew better. It was as if I had used polish on the guitar! It shined quite nicely when I was done.

    I've stripped three bodies over the years and just do not see the advantage to it. Never again.
     
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    Is it really that easy with a heat gun? Whatcha think about a poly'd neck, including the fret side?
     
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    A 20 second vid doesn't show exactly how much work goes into it. Getting inside the cutaways and other tight areas is much more tedious.

    Can it be done? Sure. It depends on how much work you want to put into a body just because you prefer a different color.
     
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    Wow! He doesn't say what he used though, was it a heat gun? I'm dying to get that hideous Midnight Blue of my MIM strat
     
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    Buy a new body, trust me, it is way harder than this. Heat will work but many of those bodies are poorly glued and I had one that came loose at the seams with heat back in the day. You can get a nice body and finish and have a better guitar after!
     

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