stripping paint for refinishing.

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  1. JimH

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    Attempted this yesterday with nitro mors. Long and laborious job.. - Any tips?

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    Oh really??? at what stage? did it outside, was cold too, so probably didn't help.
     
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    My best friend stried stripping his old San Dimas Charvel and gave up after a couple of hours.

    We ended up taking it to a commercial furniture stripper and it was like 40.00.

    Matt
     
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    This is the most fun ever.... er???

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    The heat gun is used in lieu of a chemical stripper. Heating the finish carefully will soften it enabling a scraper blade to lift the finish off of the substrate. Much less invasive and messy than chemical strippers. You still have to sand in preparation for the next finish.
     
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    Thanks, does it have to be a powerful gun? Seems can get them for $20.
     
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    Depending upon the finish, you could get by with a hairdryer. Nitro finishes soften fairly easily. Polyurethane takes a little more heat. Polyester is another story, though. For that it might be best to do what you're doing and follow with aggressive sanding.

    Best of luck!
     
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    Do I see a Chisel? I usually use a metal putty knife...does't gouge the wood. Any scrapes left by the putty knife are on the very surface and easily sanded. Nitro also strips easy with Zip Strip and I usually follow with acetone. Depending on the year of your bass it may have a polyester sealer coat...if this is the case try to save it and just sand scuff it. If you try to take off poly :nono... you usually have to sand it off, then you would have to carefull of distorting the contours.
    Hope this helps a little.
    Joel
     
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    Thanks man - that helps a lot. You do see a chisel, but it's blunt. Actually this guitar is a cheap as cheap junk yard special that I'm planning to practice finishing on - rather than good guitar. as a real cheapy the finish similar to concrete! Holy moses this stuff just will not come off - can't see anything other than heavy duty heat or chemicals even getting this stuff excitied - it's ridiculous. Thanks for your comments.
     

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