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stripping and repainting

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Lucky7, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Lucky7

    Lucky7 Senior Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    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!
  2. Dollar

    Dollar Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    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 or www.luthiersmerchantile.com for books and supplies. Also this 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.
  3. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Los Angeles, Ca
    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!!! :(
  4. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2006
    St. Louis, Missourah
    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.
  5. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2005
    Clemmons, NC

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